exxonmobile Corporation XOM signed an agreement with the fertilizer manufacturer CF Industries Holdings, Inc. CF to produce blue ammonia, which is expected to help decarbonize hard-to-reduce industrial facilities.
Illinois-based CF Industries is a leading producer of nitrogenous fertilizers in North America. One of the company’s main nitrogenous fertilizer products is ammonia. With the latest deal, CF wants to produce ammonia from low-carbon blue hydrogen, which is hydrogen produced from natural gas through carbon capture and storage (CCS).
CF Industries is investing $200 million to make a carbon dioxide (COtwo) dehydration and compression unit at its Louisiana facility to process emissions from its ammonia production. CF intends to trade up to 1.7 million tonnes of blue ammonia per year through CCS operations.
Under the terms of the agreement, ExxonMobil will transport CO2 from CF Industries’ ammonia production facility in Donaldsonville to a geological storage site in Louisiana. XOM will transport and store 2 million metric tons of CO2 per year underground. The project is likely to be operational in early 2025.
Oil and gas companies are becoming actively involved in CCS projects as it offers a transition path for rapid and effective reduction of COtwo emissions beyond what can be achieved with alternative methods such as electrification and renewable fuels. Therefore, the use of CCS in the reduction of industrial emissions offers an excellent opportunity.
ExxonMobil will develop a 125,000-acre storage site in Vermilion Parish for the CCS project. Companies could avoid the emission into the atmosphere of significant volumes of CO2 per year. This will be equivalent to replacing 700,000 gasoline cars with electric vehicles.
The deal is part of ExxonMobil’s plan to invest $15 billion in low-carbon projects by 2027. About $9 billion will be spent on emissions reductions at company sites, while the rest will be used for carbon capture. carbon, hydrogen and biofuels.
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Headquartered in Irving, TX, ExxonMobil is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies.
ExxonMobil shares have outperformed the industry in the last six months. The stock has gained 12.1% against the 3% drop in the industry.
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