yellow flower in front of Kern County facility in California

carbon capture and storage project in california’s san joaquin valley

Chevron, through its Chevron New Energies division, proposes developing a carbon capture and storage (CCS) project aimed at reducing the carbon intensity of its operations in San Joaquin Valley, California. At our Eastridge facility in Kern County, we plan to install CO2 capture and compression equipment on certain equipment, which will enable us to inject and permanently store CO2 deep underground.

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), CCUS will be an essential tool in both mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement. CCUS will play a critical role in reducing emissions in hard-to-abate energy intensive industries such as power generation, refining, cement, and steel.

“We are excited about the opportunity to collaborate and progress this CCS initiative in San Joaquin Valley, a region where we have lived and worked for over a century.”

chris powers

VP, CCUS, chevron new energies

In addition to the Eastridge CCS project, Chevron is currently evaluating and deploying multiple carbon capture technology demonstrations to mature more efficient and cost-effective capture solutions, potentially enabling future projects, not only for Chevron, but for other industries.

whatisccs?

what is CCS?

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is the process of capturing carbon dioxide (CO2), either to prevent it from entering the atmosphere or to directly remove it from the atmosphere and safely and securely storing that CO2 thousands of feet below the surface.

safeandeffectiveco2injectionandstorage

safe and effective CO2 injection and storage

Large-scale injection and storage of CO2 has been working safely and effectively for decades in oil and natural gas operations.

  • Safe transportation: Compressed CO2 is most often transported by pipeline. Chevron has safely operated a CO2 pipeline in Colorado for 35 years
  • Safe storage: CO2 is injected into carefully selected and secure storage sites within rock formations thousands of feet below the surface
  • Safe monitoring: A variety of monitoring technologies have demonstrated the ability to measure, monitor and verify stored CO2 over its life cycle to ensure it is safely and permanently stored.
“There are various options for geologic storage sites in the state, but we have identified the most promising first candidates in San Joaquin County and in Kern County.”

August 2020 report

lawrence livermore national laboratory

benefitsofeastridgeccsproject

benefits of eastridge CCS project

Eastridge facility

This proposed project supports California’s lower carbon goals and helps advance the global ambitions of the Paris Agreement.

We expect the Eastridge CCS project to capture up to 300,000 metric tons of CO2 per year.

Most of the job creation will be driven by the need for new carbon capture, compression, transport, and injection facilities and the engineering and construction work required to build these facilities. We expect that this project could generate up to 150 jobs.

We foresee that many of the required skill sets for these Operations and Maintenance support jobs will cross over with those of existing oil and gas jobs, further enabling the energy transition of a portion of our workforce here in Kern County, while also helping ensure job security and workforce development opportunities.

supporting jobs

150

local kern county jobs created

capture up to

300,000

metric tons of CO2 per year

 

supports california’s lower carbon goals

"Energy transition efforts such as this project have the potential to create a significant number of good-paying jobs. There are also a number of skills in oil and gas jobs that are transferable to new energies, especially CCUS. We appreciate Chevron's continued commitment to California and our workers."

andrew meredith

president, state building & construction trades council of california

“We have a long history of working with Chevron and have appreciated their significant involvement in our community and the role they have played in Kern County. We are excited to see their commitment to lowering the carbon footprint of their local operations and look forward to seeing the innovation and technology they plan to deploy. These efforts aim to ensure job security and workforce development opportunities and maintain the quality of life we enjoy here.”

richard chapman

president and CEO. kern economic development corporation