Denbury Inc. is expanding its carbon sequestration capabilities in Louisiana. The company announced March 16 three new lease agreements with large private landowners, securing additional exclusive rights to develop significant carbon dioxide (CO2) sequestration projects in high quality, high-capacity reservoirs underlying deep sealing formations along the state’s industrial corridor.
Denbury is an independent energy company with operations and assets focused on carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS) and enhanced oil recovery (EOR) in the Gulf Coast and Rocky Mountain regions.
Two of the agreements cover a contiguous area of approximately 84,000 acres located approximately 30 miles southeast of New Orleans. Denbury estimates this site will provide more than 500 million metric tons of potential CO2 sequestration capacity.
The company plans to initially connect emissions from nearby industrial facilities to this site, with future plans for a pipeline connection to its Green Pipeline in Donaldsonville, Louisiana. The planned pipeline route is within 10 miles of multiple industrial sources that collectively emit more than 20 million metric tons of CO2 annually. A Denbury company statement said that this site will provide an economic, large-scale solution for the transportation and permanent sequestration of captured industrial emissions along the Louisiana industrial corridor between Donaldsonville and lower Plaquemines Parish.
Denbury also executed a new pore space agreement adjacent to the acreage leased under the company’s recently announced agreement near Donaldsonville. This new agreement expands the potential volume of CO2 that the company estimates can be sequestered at the combined site to more than 220 million metric tons, approximately a 50 percent expansion to the original site. The combined 11,000-acre site is located less than 10 miles from Denbury’s existing CO2 pipeline infrastructure, and there are approximately 30 million metric tons of CO2 currently emitted annually within a 20-mile radius of the site.
“These agreements further cement Denbury’s position as the definitive leader in CCUS, and we are continuing to advance negotiations with multiple industrial partners whose captured emissions would be stored in these sites,” said Chris Kendall, Denbury’s president and CEO. “Today, through our unrivaled CO2 pipeline infrastructure and enhanced oil recovery operations, Denbury is uniquely able to provide transportation and certainty of storage capacity for captured industrial CO2 emissions. Looking forward, we are poised for continued growth and success in the emissions-intensive Gulf Coast region, as we significantly expand our storage capacity through the addition of a diverse portfolio of sequestration sites, exemplified by the agreements announced today.”
Denbury now has exclusive rights to develop pore space storage with an estimated capacity of more than 1.4 billion metric tons of CO2. Denbury’s leadership position in CCUS is supported by over 20 years of experience transporting and injecting CO2 underground and more than 1,300 miles of CO2 pipelines through which the Company is currently moving in excess of 14 million metric tons of CO2 annually.
For more than two decades, Denbury has maintained a strategic focus on using CO2 in its EOR operations and since 2012 has been active in CCUS through the injection of captured industrial-sourced carbon dioxide. The company currently injects more than 3 million tons of captured industrial-sourced CO2 annually, and its objective is to fully offset its Scope 1, 2, and 3 CO2 emissions within this decade, primarily through increasing the amount of captured industrial-sourced CO2 used in its operations.
The Denbury Carbon Solutions team was formed in January 2020 to advance Denbury’s leadership in the anticipated high-growth CCUS industry, leveraging Denbury’s unique capabilities and assets that were developed over the last 20-plus years through its focus on CO2 EOR.Tags: Carbon Capture Pipeline, Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS), carbon sequestration, Denbury Inc., Louisiana