Chevron USA Inc., through its Chevron New Energies division, announced the launch of a carbon capture and storage (CCS) project aimed at reducing the carbon intensity of its operations in the San Joaquin Valley , in California.
Chevron aims to reduce its carbon intensity – the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted per unit of energy produced – by installing CO2 afterburner capture equipment, capturing the CO2 and then storing it safely at thousands of feet underground. This CCS initiative would begin at Chevron’s Kern River Eastridge cogeneration plant in Kern County, California.
“At Chevron, we believe the future of energy is low carbon. Reducing the carbon intensity of the energy people depend on every day is well aligned with the ambitions of the Paris Agreement. said Chris Powers, Vice President of Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) for Chevron Energies Nouvelles. “We are excited for the opportunity to collaborate and advance this CCS initiative in the San Joaquin Valley, an area where we have lived and worked for more than a century.”
Chevron has applied for a conditional use permit with the Kern County Department of Planning and Natural Resources and will continue to work with the appropriate regulators throughout the process. In addition to the Eastridge cogeneration project, Chevron is currently evaluating and deploying several demonstrations of carbon capture technologies. to develop more efficient and cost-effective capture solutions, potentially enabling future projects, not only for Chevron, but for other industries.
“As Chevron moves toward a low-carbon future, we are also identifying ways to advance our operations, so we can continue to provide local jobs, support the local economy, and generate local government revenue that supports essential community services,” said Molly. Laegeler, Vice President, San Joaquin Valley (SJV), Chevron. “We are excited about this Chevron New Energies project and fostering continued collaboration with local regulators throughout this process, not only to position the region to benefit from these low-carbon solutions, but for us to continue to protect people and the environment.We believe this project has the potential to benefit the region on many levels and that Kern County is an ideal location for carbon capture and storage.
An August 2020 report from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory that highlighted opportunities for California to become carbon neutral noted, “There are various options for geological storage sites in the state, but we have identified the the most promising early candidates in San Joaquin County and Kern. County”, due to the geological and subterranean characteristics of the regions, as well as the existing production of oil and natural gas.1
Chevron is also actively exploring additional opportunities to reduce the carbon intensity of its SJV operations, including the blending of with burning natural hydrogen gas, and the potential use of other emerging low-carbon technologies, such as geothermal energy.
Richard Chapman, President and CEO of the Kern Economic Development Corporation: “We have a long history with Chevron and appreciate their significant involvement in our community and the role they have played in Kern County. We are delighted to see their commitment to reducing the carbon footprint of their local operations and look forward to seeing the innovation and technology they plan to deploy. These efforts are aimed at providing job security and workforce development opportunities and maintaining the quality of life we enjoy here.
Andrew Meredith, President of the State Building & Construction Trades Council of California: “Energy transition efforts like this have the potential to create a significant number of well-paying jobs. There are also a number of skills in the oil and gas trades that are transferable to new energies, including CCUS. We appreciate Chevron’s continued commitment to California and our workers.
California State Senator Anna Caballero: “As we enter the hottest time of the year, we need to make sure we have enough power to avoid brownouts and blackouts. electricity. This project is designed to serve a dual purpose: to ensure we have power when we need it and to help provide climate action for our Central Valley and California. »
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