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Decarbonization project expands after acquiring nearly 100K acres in Chamber, Jefferson Counties

Carbon capture and sequestration technology helps to safely isolate and store large amounts of carbon dioxide each year.

BEAUMONT, Texas — A project aimed at decarbonizing industrial areas in Southeast Texas has nearly tripled in size with the addition of land in Chambers and Jefferson Counties.

(Editor's note: The above video is from a May 3, 2022 newscast.)

Bayou Bend CCS LLC announced the expansion of its carbon dioxide storage footprint after acquiring almost 100,000 acres onshore in Chambers County and Jefferson County, according to a Talos Energy release. Bayou Bend is a carbon capture and sequestration project located along the Texas Gulf Coast.

Carbon capture and sequestration technology helps to safely isolate and store large amounts of carbon dioxide each year that would be released into the earth's atmosphere. Carbon dioxide is a byproduct of industrial activity and power generation, according to the GLO.

MORE | Read full Bayou Bend CCS LLC release here

The project is a joint venture between Chevron, Talos Energy Inc., and Carbonvert Inc. Chevron became the operator of the LLC effective March 1, 2023.

"We are pleased that Chevron, Talos, and Carbonvert are progressing – and expanding – Bayou Bend in Jefferson County and the greater Golden Triangle area,“ Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick said. “This project has the potential to further enhance the economic strength of our community, and we look forward to working with the venture in their endeavor."

In a previous release, the Bayou Bend project site had approximately 40,000 acres offshore Beaumont and Port Arthur. In addition to the 40,000 acres, the expanded Bayou Bend project now encompasses almost 140,000 acres of pore space for permanent CO2 sequestration.

The increase in acreage puts Bayou Bend in a position to be one of the largest carbon storage projects in the US.

The total acreage holds a gross storage capacity of more than 1 billion metric tons. This positions Bayou Bend to be a leading carbon transportation and storage solution for industrial emitters located in the Houston Ship Channel and Beaumont / Port Arthur region, according to the release.

"The expansion of Bayou Bend into Chambers County presents the region with a significant opportunity to ensure the continued economic vitality of the eastern Houston Ship Channel, Mont Belvieu area, and eastern Chambers County for years to come,” Chambers County Judge Jimmy Sylvia said. “We look forward to our partnership with the developers."

In 2021, Talos and Carbonvert were selected as the winning bidders for the Texas General Land Office's Jefferson County, Texas, carbon storage lease, located in state waters offshore Beaumont and Port Arthur, Texas. It remains the first and only offshore lease in the U.S. dedicated to CO2 sequestration.

"We are excited about Bayou Bend and building the best regional carbon sequestration hub with the right storage infrastructure adjacent to two major Southeast Texas industrial corridors,” Robin Fielder, Executive Vice President – Low Carbon Strategy and Chief Sustainability Officer of Talos, said.

Chevron joined the Bayou Bend joint venture in May 2022.

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