The Port of Corpus Christi in Texas has become the latest port to focus on cutting its emissions, having on Wednesday (1st September) inked an agreement with the Texas General Land Office to develop carbon storage solutions in the Coastal Bend.

A move which is thought to fast-forward Texas’ decarbonisation, the plans will see the development of new infrastructure to capture, transport and permanently store carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted at the location.

Excited to start working on the project, Jeff Pollack, Chief Strategy and Sustainability Officer for the Port of Corpus Christi, said, “The Port of Corpus Christi is uniquely suited geographically and commercially to become the nation’s premier hub for carbon management capture and storage.”

“We have a high density of industrial CO2 target sources, a robust network of existing pipeline infrastructure, and we own a full transect of land from our customers’ fence lines out to GLO waters in the Gulf of Mexico.”

Plans for the port follows a recently commissioned study from the University at Texas at Austin which mapped the geology of the Texas Guld Coast and determined the region as an ideal spot for injection and storage of CO2. 

Sean Strawbridge, CEO for the Port of Corpus Christi, added, “The energy transition is a strategic focus in hitting both commercial and environmental targets for the Port of Corpus Christi.”

“We are sending a clear message to the American people, to our industry partners, and to the global energy marketplace that the state of Texas and the Port of Corpus Christi intend to establish a large-scale CCS management hub and we thank Texas Land Commissioner Bush and his staff for their aligned leadership and commitment to achieving this goal.”