Aera unveils carbon capture and storage plans for California


Californian energy production company Aera Energy has announced plans for its first large-scale carbon capture and storage (CCS) project, CarbonFrontier.

Planned to be operational in the late 2020s, CarbonFrontier will capture up to 1.6 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year from Aera’s operations for permanent storage at its Belridge oil field.

CarbonFrontier will be continuously monitored with oversight by local, state and federal regulatory entities, including the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

In the long term, Aera envisions CarbonFrontier as a cornerstone to developing a Kern County “carbon park,” potentially attracting other businesses that need storage to decarbonise their operations.

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