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Exxon says low-carbon business could outgrow oil and gas

PLUS: Bourbon Madness, Kinder's CA renewable diesel hubs, Linde's CO2 offtake, Ørsted-Google PPA

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  • ExxonMobil expects low-carbon businesses to potentially become more lucrative than fossil fuel production

  • Company outlines plans to generate billions from biofuels, hydrogen, and carbon capture within a decade

  • Low-carbon business could be worth "hundreds of billions of dollars" as world approaches net zero

  • Success dependent on reducing hydrogen fuel and carbon capture costs, and government incentives

  • Critics question Exxon's commitment to reducing emissions and ability to build large-scale projects

  • Company has announced several hydrogen and carbon capture projects, expecting cash generation by 2025

  • Exxon plans to spend $17 billion on low-carbon business through 2027, about 10% of oil and gas project spending

  • Linde signs long-term agreement with Exxon for carbon dioxide off-take

  • Deal linked to Linde's new clean hydrogen production in Beaumont, Texas

  • Linde to supply clean hydrogen and nitrogen to OCI Global's blue ammonia plant

  • Facility expected to start up in 2025, integrated with Linde's U.S. Gulf Coast infrastructure

  • Exxon to transport and store 2.2 million metric tons of CO2 annually from Linde's hydrogen facility

  • Agreement supports Linde's strategy to decarbonize customer processes and supply low-carbon hydrogen

  • Collaboration contributes to heavy industry's decarbonization and net zero goals

  • Kinder Morgan has announced the full commercial in-service of its Southern and Northern California renewable diesel (RD) hub projects.

  • RD is an alternative fuel that allows trucks, trains, and any equipment that uses diesel to operate with significantly lower life-cycle emissions.

  • Kinder Morgan's RD hubs are the most efficient and least carbon-intensive method of transporting this lower emissions fuel from the Los Angeles refinery basin to San Diego and the Inland Empire and from the San Francisco Bay area to Sacramento, San Jose, and Fresno.

  • The initial phases of both hubs are fully subscribed with customer commitments.

  • The Southern California hub provides a throughput of up to 20,000 barrels per day (bpd) of blended diesel across the two inland destination truck racks, with deliveries to San Diego since the beginning of February 2023.

  • The Northern California hub provides a throughput in aggregate of 21,000 bpd of RD via the SFPP northern pipeline system from the San Francisco Bay area to KMI's Bradshaw, Fresno, and San Jose terminals.

  • Google has signed a 150 MW power purchase agreement (PPA) with Ørsted to purchase renewable energy generated by Helena Wind Farm for the next 15 years.

  • The project is located in Bee County, Texas and provides low-cost electricity to the South ERCOT service territory, enough to power an estimated 90,000 homes.

  • This marks the first agreement between Google and Ørsted in the US, and the second agreement globally, both contributing to Google's commitment to operate on 24/7 carbon-free energy by 2030.

  • The Helena Wind Farm is a 268 MW onshore wind farm located in Pawnee, Texas and creates nearly 300 jobs.

  • Ørsted aims to deliver approximately 1.5 GW of additional capacity annually while growing a clean energy portfolio consisting of wind, solar, storage, and renewable hydrogen.

  • Swiss building materials company, Holcim, plans to invest $2.19 billion in carbon-capture, utilization, and storage projects by 2030.

  • The investment aims to capture more than 5 million metric tons of CO2 annually.

  • Holcim targets a 25% reduction in carbon emissions per ton of cementitious material by 2030.

  • This is an increase from its previous goal of a 21% cut.

  • Holcim achieved a 21% reduction in CO2 emissions per net sales in 2022.

  • It aims to reduce emissions by more than 10% this year.

  • The company previously committed to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions across its value chain by 2050.

  • KBR's K-GreeN® technology selected by Avina Clean Hydrogen for a green ammonia project in the U.S.

  • KBR to provide process technology license and engineering design for a grassroots project

  • Project aims to produce 2,200 metric tons of green ammonia per day

  • Ammonia to play a leading role in decarbonizing power generation and marine transport

  • KBR design includes fully integrated green ammonia solution from electrolysis to ammonia synthesis

  • Largest green ammonia project in North America to date

  • KBR has licensed and designed over 250 ammonia plants worldwide since 1943

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