Texas is continuing to spearhead its clean energy ambitions, with bp and Linde today (17th May) unveiling plans to develop a major carbon capture and storage (CCS) facility in the state to enable low carbon hydrogen production.

Set for completion in 2026, the project will utilise Linde technology to capture and store carbon dioxide (CO2) from the industrial gas giant’s hydrogen production facilities in the greater Houston area.

Under its part in the deal, bp will appraise, develop and permit the geological storage sites for permanent sequestration of the captured CO2. It is hoped that the project will ultimately store up to 15 million metric tonnes of CO2 annually across multiple onshore geological storage sites.

Dave Lawler, Chairman and President of bp America, said, “The energy expertise in Texas and strong supply chains have been generations in the making. This new low carbon energy project will help us leverage those strengths for the next chapter of the energy transition.”

“In particular, it can help decarbonize hard-to-abate industries for the greatest potential impact on emissions while protecting jobs. bp is proud to support this project as we continue delivering on our own strategy and Net Zero ambition.”

Dan Yankowski, President Linde Gases North America, added, “Linde is committed to lowering absolute carbon emissions 35% by 2035 and reaching climate neutrality by 2050. Capturing the CO2 from our hydrogen production plants in the Houston area will be a significant step towards achieving these goals.”

“We are excited to bring Linde’s leading technology portfolio and infrastructure to support this project and make low carbon hydrogen available to our customers in the Gulf Coast. More broadly Linde is well positioned to enable similar projects be it in the Gulf Coast where we operate two hydrogen pipelines and a hydrogen storage cavern or elsewhere in the US.”