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Texas CCS Project Development

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US oil and gas company Talos Energy and US Gulf Coast exporter Freeport LNG have signed a letter of intent to develop a carbon capture and storage (CCS) project offshore Texas.

UK carbon management firm Storegga Geotechnologies, which is the lead developer of the UK’s Acorn CCS and hydrogen project, will also join the Freeport LNG CCS project. Talos will act as project manager and operator, thanks to its expertise with conventional oil and gas geology, engineering and project delivery. Storegga will contribute its expertise in developing CCS storage projects and in enabling linked clusters of industrial CO2 sources.

Freeport LNG operates a 15 million tpa liquefaction and export terminal on Quintana Island, near Freeport, Texas, which is one of the largest in the world, and has a natural gas pre-treatment facility near Freeport.

The new CCS project, if it goes ahead, will be located immediately adjacent to this facility. Freeport LNG owns a geological sequestration site very close to the point of capture, which has a 30-year injection term, for permanent CO2 storage.

The company says that there are limited commercial barriers, meaning that the project execution time will be rapid, dependent on the regulatory approval process. The partners believe that first injection could happen by the end of 2024.

Within 40 km of the proposed CCS site is up to an additional 15 million tpa of incremental CO2 emissions from major industrial sources, which could support expansion in the future.

Talos president and CEO Timothy S Duncan said: “The entrepreneurial collaboration of our teams allowed for the development of a unique, stand-alone carbon sequestration solution, which provides proof of concept to our broader CCS portfolio and is complementary to our larger hub-based project in Jefferson County. It also illustrates the creative solutions that Talos and Storegga can offer to potential CCS project partners.

“We look forward to advancing this project with Freeport LNG and hope to successfully reach first injection within approximately three years, which would make this the very first active carbon sequestration project on the Gulf Coast.”

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