Exxon Mobil gunning for substantial carbon capture through Texas facility

US oil major Exxon Mobil aims to capture some 7 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) each year with a proposed hydrogen facility in Texas.

Exxon expects its Baytown facility in Texas to produce 1 billion cubic feet (28 million cubic meters) of hydrogen per day.

The fuel, which produces no emissions when burnt, is targeted at heavy industries trying to switch from fossil to renewable fuels.

The planned new centre will also deploy partner Honeywell’s carbon capture technologies at its integrated complex in Baytown, Texas. This technology is expected to enable ExxonMobil to capture the equivalent of the emission of 1.5 million cars for one year.

Honeywell  carbon capture technology will be integrated into the design of ExxonMobil’s low-carbon hydrogen production facility and enable it to capture more than 98%  of associated CO2 emissions. The captured CO2is expected to be permanently stored by ExxonMobil.

Exxon Mobil’s Baytown low-carbon hydrogen, ammonia and carbon capture facility is expected to produce around one billion cubic feet of low-carbon hydrogen per day, making this the largest low-carbon hydrogen project  in the world at planned commencement in 2027-2028.

“ExxonMobil’s investment in carbon capture technology shows our commitment to supporting customers in their decarbonization efforts and to reducing emissions at our own operations,” said Dan Ammann, president of ExxonMobil Low Carbon Solutions.

“The scale of this project is expected to enable up to 30% of Scope 1 and 2 emissions from our Baytown facility by switching from natural gas as a fuel source to low-carbon hydrogen.”

“The use of Honeywell’s technology enables ExxonMobil to reduce CO2 emissions at a large scale,” addedBarry Glickman, vice president and general manager, Honeywell Sustainable Technology Solutions.

“Our ready-now carbon capture technology works to decarbonize production processes and is effective because it can allow for significant emissions reduction that can play a major role in the energy transition.”