Carbon capture and storage
ExxonMobil is the leader in carbon capture, with current carbon capture capacity totaling about 9 million tons per year.
What is carbon capture?
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 technologyThe 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.
Cumulative volume of CO2 captured since 1970
(Million metric tons)
Here's a look at the company's global carbon capture and storage technology footprint.
WyomingExxonMobil’s LaBarge facility can capture 7 million metric tons of CO2 a year, the largest of any industrial facility in the world.
QatarExxonMobil 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.
AustraliaExxonMobil 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.
U.S. Gulf CoastMultiple 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.
CanadaImperial 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.
NetherlandsRotterdam, 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.
BelgiumExxonMobil 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.
ScotlandThrough 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 half of the 10 million metric tons per year of CO2 the UK government is currently targeting.
SingaporeExxonMobil is assessing the potential for a CCS hub that could capture, transport and store CO2 created by industrial activity throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
FranceExxonMobil 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.
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
Researching a new material for capturing carbon
>90%of CO2 produced by natural gas power plants.
The Porthos CO2 storage 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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