BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Governor John Bel Edwards, CF Industries, ExxonMobil, and EnLink Midstream announced a project Wednesday focused on reducing industrial COemissions in Louisiana.

Leaders said emissions will be captured from CF Industries’ complex in Ascension Parish before sending it through EnLink’s transportation network and storing it permanently underground on ExxonMobil’s property in Vermillion Parish, according to the governor’s office.

“Today’s announcement of this unprecedented, large-scale, low-carbon partnership is a key milepost on Louisiana’s path toward a brighter future for our climate, our economy and our people,” Gov. Edwards said. “The collaboration and innovation to bring carbon capture and storage technology forward at this scale reaffirms our state’s ability to grow our economy without sacrificing our long-term emission-reduction goals to net zero by 2050.”

The companies’ leaders estimate capturing and sequestering up to two million metric tons of COannually. The start-up for the project is scheduled for early 2025.

“CF Industries is pleased to partner with ExxonMobil through this definitive CO2 offtake agreement, accelerating our decarbonization journey and supporting Louisiana’s and the country’s climate goals,” said Tony Will, president and chief executive officer of CF Industries Holdings, Inc. “This agreement also ensures that we remain at the forefront of the developing clean energy economy. As we leverage proven carbon capture and sequestration technology, CF Industries will be first-to-market with a significant volume of blue ammonia. This will enable us to supply this low-carbon energy source to hard-to-abate industries that increasingly view it as critical to their own decarbonization goals.”

What ExxonMobil and EnLink leaders said of the project:

“This landmark project represents large-scale, real-world progress on the journey to decarbonize the global economy,” said Dan Ammann, president of ExxonMobil Low Carbon Solutions. “ExxonMobil is providing a critical and scalable solution to reduce CO2 emissions, and we’re ready to offer the same service to other large industrial customers in the state of Louisiana and around the world. We’re encouraged by the momentum we see building for projects of this kind, thanks to supportive policies such as the Inflation Reduction Act.”

“EnLink has a system of over 4,000 miles of pipeline already in the ground in Louisiana,” said Jesse Arenivas, Chief Executive Officer of EnLink. “Utilizing this extensive network enables us to provide the most timely and cost-effective solution to CO2 transportation, with a significantly lower environmental impact. Because of this, EnLink is uniquely positioned to be the CO2 transportation provider of choice in Louisiana’s Mississippi River corridor, which is a hub of industrial activity that is important to our economy. We look forward to working with ExxonMobil to help CF Industries and the State of Louisiana reach their decarbonization goals.”

Shortly after the project announcement was made, Louisiana Chemical Association President Greg Bowser released the following statement:

“Louisiana’s chemical industry is at the forefront of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Today’s announcement with Governor Edwards, CF Industries, ExxonMobil and EnLink is just the latest commitment to new investments and projects that bring Louisiana closer to achieving net zero by 2050. For 50 years, carbon capture and storage has proven to be a safe way to prevent carbon emissions from ever reaching the atmosphere. From capturing the carbon, to transporting it, to storing it, we have full confidence in the industry’s ability to fulfill our commitments to community safety and to reducing our carbon footprint in Louisiana.

“For the past 30 years, we have reduced emissions 75 percent and we are not stopping there. Announcements like today’s make that clear. From creating carbon-free hydrogen to creating lightweight, fuel-efficient plastics, chemicals are essential to the low carbon future; we are proud to be building the future here in Louisiana.”  

In August, Gov. Edwards announced nearly $200 million for CF Industries’ Donaldsonville plant for carbon emissions reduction. He said the money was to build a CO2 compression and dehydration unit.

In October 2021, the governor announced the Race to Zero initiative to help Louisiana fight climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. He pledged to have net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.