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Carbon capture and storage

ExxonMobil is the leader in carbon capture, with current carbon capture capacity totaling about 9 million tons per year.

Carbon capture and storage

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What is carbon capture?

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is the process of capturing CO2 that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere from industrial activity, and injecting it into deep geologic formations for safe, secure and permanent storage. The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the International Energy Agency agree that CCS is one of the most important low-carbon technologies required to achieve societal climate goals at the lowest cost. CCS is also one of the only technologies that could enable some industry sectors to decarbonize, including the refining, chemicals, cement and steel sectors. Learn more about CCS at ExxonMobil
"With our demonstrated leadership in carbon capture and emissions reduction technologies, ExxonMobil is committed to meeting the demand for affordable energy while reducing emissions and managing the risks of climate change."

Critical technology

The International Energy Agency calls carbon capture and storage one of the critical technologies required to achieve net-zero emissions and the climate goals outlined in the Paris Agreement. 

120M metric tons of CO2

ExxonMobil has cumulatively captured more CO2 than any other company – 120 million metric tons – accounting for approximately 40 percent of all the anthropogenic CO2 that has ever been captured.

Here's a look at the company's global carbon capture and storage technology footprint.

Current CCS locations:

  • Wyoming

    ExxonMobil’s LaBarge facility can capture 7 million metric tons of CO2 a year, the largest of any industrial facility in the world. 
    Wyoming Wyoming
  • Qatar

    ExxonMobil is partnering with Qatar Petroleum, which operates the largest CCS facility in the Middle East at Ras Laffan. The facility has the capacity to capture 2.1 million metric tons of CO2 per year.
    Qatar Qatar
  • Australia

    ExxonMobil has partnered with other energy companies, including project operator Chevron, in the Gorgon project off the coast of western Australia. Up to 4 million metric tons of CO2 per year can be captured here.
    Australia Australia

Prospective CCS locations:

  • U.S. Gulf Coast

    Multiple geological locations along and underneath the U.S. Gulf of Mexico have the potential to store millions of metric tons of CO2. ExxonMobil has proposed a CCS hub concept in the Houston industrial area.
    U.S. Gulf Coast U.S. Gulf Coast
  • Canada

    Imperial Oil, majority owned by ExxonMobil, is assessing potential CCS projects at several of its facilities in Canada. The company is also moving forward with plans to produce renewable diesel in Edmonton, using hydrogen with CCS as part of the manufacturing process. These projects support Canada’s stated plan for a net-zero future.
    Canada Canada
  • Netherlands

    Rotterdam, which is Europe’s largest port, is progressing plans for the Port of Rotterdam CO2 Transportation Hub and Offshore Storage (Porthos) project which plans to capture industrial CO2 emissions and store them in depleted North Sea gas fields. ExxonMobil has signed a joint development agreement to advance its interest in the project. 
    Netherlands Netherlands
  • Belgium

    ExxonMobil is participating in a multi-stakeholder CCS project at the Port of Antwerp, home to Europe’s largest integrated energy and chemical cluster. The Antwerp@C project has the potential to capture 8 million metric tons of CO2 annually by 2030 – a 50 percent reduction in the area’s CO2 emissions. 
    Belgium Belgium
  • Scotland

    Through a joint venture with Shell, ExxonMobil is participating in the Acorn project which will capture CO2 emissions from industrial facilities, including the St. Fergus gas processing complex, and store them offshore. The project has the potential to capture more than 5 million metric tons per year of CO2.
    Scotland Scotland
  • Singapore

    ExxonMobil is assessing the potential for a CCS hub that could capture, transport and store CO2 created by industrial activity throughout the Asia-Pacific region. 
    Singapore Singapore
  • France

    ExxonMobil has entered into an agreement with several European energy companies to explore the development of CCS infrastructure in the Normandy industrial region. The group aims to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 3 million metric tons per year by 2030, which is equivalent to the emissions of more than 1 million passenger cars.
    France France
  • Russia

    ExxonMobil has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Rosneft to assess lower carbon technologies for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in their operations. The companies will consider new projects initially focused on CCS and the development of lower-carbon fuels, such as hydrogen and ammonia.
    Russia Russia
  • Indonesia

    ExxonMobil and Pertamina, the state-owned energy company for Indonesia, are evaluating the potential for large-scale deployment of low-carbon technologies in Indonesia. By jointly examining subsurface data, the companies expect to identify geological formation deep underground that could be suitable to safely store CO2.
    Indonesia Indonesia
  • Malaysia

    ExxonMobil and PETRONAS, the state-owned energy company of Malaysia, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate and jointly explore potential carbon capture and storage projects in Malaysia.
    Malaysia Malaysia

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ExxonMobil is one of several companies collaborating on a carbon capture and storage plan that could effectively decarbonize major industrial areas like the Houston Ship Channel

new technlology

Researching a new material for capturing carbon

Through our research collaboration with the University of California, Berkeley, we are in the early stages of developing a new material called metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). If commercialized, MOFs could help capture a majority of the carbon dioxide natural gas power plants produce to generate electricity. Learn more about this material
One day MOFs could help capture

>90%

of CO2 produced by natural gas power plants.
MOFs mirror nature by resembling a key enzyme found in plants that is responsible for one of the most effective carbon capture processes in nature: photosynthesis.

CCS Spotlight

The Porthos CO2 storage pipeline

In the Netherlands, ExxonMobil is working with a coalition of government and industry partners to advance the Port of Rotterdam CO2 Transportation Hub and Offshore Storage (Porthos) project. The infrastructure will enable industrial sites in the port, like ExxonMobil’s petrochemical complex, to capture and supply CO2 to a shared pipeline.

With potential support from the European and Dutch governments, the initiatives could position ExxonMobil’s Rotterdam refinery as an attractive location for a hydrogen project with CCS and for pilot testing ExxonMobil’s carbonate fuel cell technology.

The Porthos infrastructure will offer a way to transport and permanently store captured CO2. After the CO2 is pressurized in a compressor station, it will be transported through an offshore pipeline to the storage site, an empty natural gas field located approximately 20 km off the Dutch coast deep beneath the North Sea seabed.

Current plans aim for having the Porthos infrastructure built and functioning by the end of 2023.
Read more about the Porthos project

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Capturing carbon around the world

With more than three decades of experience in utilizing existing CCS technologies and exploring new ones, ExxonMobil is progressing CCS deployment through a variety of projects and partnerships across the globe.

Here’s a look at the company’s global carbon capture and storage technology footprint.

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