Enbridge and Humble Midstream say that they will jointly develop and market a low-carbon hydrogen and ammonia production and export facility at the Enbridge Ingleside Energy Center near Corpus Christi. Enbridge acquired the Ingleside crude export terminal last year in a $3 billion deal with Houston-based Moda Midstream LLC.
A spokesperson for Enbridge said: “Enbridge and Humble estimate the potential cost of the new project would be between $2.5 billion and $3 billion.”
The unit that Enbridge and Humble plan to add would turn natural gas into so-called “blue” hydrogen — a term related to the way the gas is converted and the fact that the carbon dioxide by-product is captured and stored — along with ammonia.
Up to 95 percent of the carbon dioxide generated in the production process will be sequestered in newly developed carbon capture infrastructure, including facilities to be owned and operated by Enbridge.
Texas Eastern Transmission Pipeline, an Enbridge affiliate, is expected to provide the transportation service for the natural gas feedstock.
Enbridge and Humble are in discussions with several potential offtake customers, and the decision to move forward with the project depends on securing enough customer support and receiving necessary regulatory approvals. If the customer support and regulatory approvals are secured, the companies are aiming for an in-service date in 2026, the spokesperson said.
Colin Gruending, Enbridge executive vice president and president of liquids pipelines, said: “This is a good example of how Enbridge is leveraging existing conventional energy assets and capabilities to extend growth and capitalize on low-carbon opportunities in the energy transition.
“The EIEC is already the premier export facility on the US Gulf Coast and will play an even greater role in global energy security and sustainability. We’re excited to work with Humble to further develop this opportunity.”
Enbridge had been interested in acquiring the Ingleside Energy Center, the country’s largest crude export terminal by volume, for years, an executive told the Houston Business Journal in September.
Beyond the sheer scale of the facility, Enbridge also saw potential for the former US Navy station-turned-export-terminal to host projects more in line with the energy transition than with legacy oil and gas operations, the executive said at the time.
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