Commercial carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) opportunities are being explored at Texas’ Port of Corpus Christi, with a newly formed partnership unveiling ambitious plans to sequester between six and ten million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually.

Talos Energy and Howard Energy Partners on Monday (1st March) said they have joined forces with the Port of Corpus Christi Authority to pursue the ambitious plans and, ultimately, mature the CCS project solutions on the port-owned land.

It is hoped that the Coastal Bend Carbon Management Partnership will greatly help the major strategic export hub, accounting for over $200bn of economic impact from approximately 7,000 vessel shipments annually, and showcase exactly what carbon capture technologies can achieve in highly polluted locations.

Under project plans, the group initially hope to evaluate 13,000 acres of land for the planned CCS developments. With this, it is hoped one to one and a half million metric tonnes of CO2 will be sequestered into saline aquifers.

Further down the line, and based on proof of concept and market demand, the partners then hope to scale-up the project, with the capability to sequester six to ten million metric tonnes annually.

Timothy Duncan, CEO of Talos Energy, said, “We are honoured to be working on this project with the Port of Corpus Christi Authority and Howard Energy Partners. We have already commenced our technical and commercial evaluation and are confident in the potential success and positive impact this project can have on the Coastal Bend region.”

“The Port of Corpus Christi is an incredibly important export hub for the US, and our goal is to offer their large customer base an on-site decarbonisation solution to help reduce the carbon intensity of those products shipped all around the world from right here in Texas.”

“Our collaboration with HEP adds midstream expertise and simplifies commercial terms while enhancing our operational capabilities, making this offering a logical choice for the many blue-chip companies operating in the Port of Corpus Christi today.”

Through its efforts, the Coastal Bend Carbon Management Partnership hopes to provide the port’s more than 200 customers with a turn-key CCS solution to participate in decarbonisation efforts, as well as provide multiple job opportunities in the area.

Mike Howard, Chairman and CEO of Howard Energy Partners, said, “We are proud to partner with Talos and the Port of Corpus Christi to provide CO2 capture, transportation and sequestration solutions for customer in the Coastal Bend area.”

“As a South Texas-based company with significant infrastructure in Corpus Christi, we are uniquely positioned to leverage our midstream expertise and our strategically located Javelina off-gas recycling facility to provide cost-effective CO2 capture to our existing customers while reducing the local industry’s carbon footprint. This partnership is a natural evolution of the HEP growth story and a testament to our continued commitment to providing energy solutions that the world requires to flourish.”

Excited for what the above means for the port, Sean Strawbridge, CEO of the Port of Corpus Christi Authority, said, “The Port of Corpus Christi is committed to proactive environmental protections. Our current environmental policy is robust, but there’s always more work to be done, particularly considering the urgency needed to limit the impact emissions have on the climate.”

“Engaging best-in-class companies such as Talos Energy and Howard Energy Partners in this innovative endeavour to create a centralised CCS solution is a natural milestone in our evolution of adding additional clean energy sources to our portfolio. As the third-largest industrial waterway in the nation, we take our role as stewards of this gateway extremely seriously and our actions will be deliberate and demonstrable of this commitment.”