Open access hub would provide transport and sequestration services on the US Gulf Coast.

By Dale Lunan

Canadian midstream company Enbridge and Occidental’s Oxy Low Carbon Ventures (OLCV) said November 30 they would work together to develop a COsequestration hub along the US Gulf Coast near Corpus Christi, Texas.

Under the terms of a letter of intent, the two will explore the joint development of the hub, which would offer CO2 transport and storage services for Enbridge’s own operations and those of third-party emitters in the region. 

Enbridge would develop, build and operate the hub’s required pipeline facilities, while OLCV would develop, build and operate the sequestration facilities. The two would jointly market the CO2 pipeline transportation and sequestration services to third-party point-source emitters in the Ingleside and Corpus Christi areas.

“We are excited to be partnering with OLCV to explore developing a large-scale CO2 transport and sequestration hub in the Corpus Christi area,” said Colin Gruending, Enbridge’s executive vice president and president of its liquids pipeline business. “This is a unique opportunity for two organisations to pair complementary skill sets in a way that decarbonises our own facilities and provides a platform for our industrial neighbors who are also seeking to reduce their emissions.”

Apart from the Gulf Coast hub development, OLCV is developing, with Canada’s Carbon Engineering, a direct air capture (DAC) facility in the Permian basin that will capture and store up to 500,000 metric tons/year of CO2.

Enbridge, meanwhile, is pursuing blue hydrogen and ammonia production at the Ingleside Energy Center near Corpus Christi, which it acquired in October 2021, and the development of a carbon capture and storage (CCS) hub in Alberta that could capture and sequester up to 4mn mt/yr of CO2.