Worley wins contract for US carbon capture project

Australia’s Worley has been awarded a contract to design and evaluate carbon dioxide gathering, handling, and sequestration facilities for the Bayou Bend carbon capture and storage (CCS) project in Texas.

Bayou Bend, a joint venture that includes Chevron, Equinor, and TotalEnergies, aims to sequester industrial carbon dioxide emissions from southeast Texas within 140,000 acres of pore space near the US Gulf of Mexico coast.

Worley has not made public the value of the Bayou Bend contract and did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the deal’s worth.

The company said its experience with a broad range of CCS projects around the world should help push Bayou Bend forward.

Bayou Bend has leased about 40,000 acres in US Gulf waters regulated by Texas and another 100,000 acres from private landowners in Jefferson and Chambers counties, which hug the US Gulf coast and are home to the cities of Beaumont and Port Arthur.

The project is likely to hold “several hundred million” tonnes of carbon dioxide, according to TotalEnergies, which bought a 25% stake in Bayou Bend when it acquired the low-carbon arm of US independent Talos Energy in March for USD 148M.

Chevron is Bayou Bend’s operator with a 50% interest it purchased in 2022 from Talos, which kick-started the sequestration project with Carbonvert after successfully bidding for offshore storage space in 2021.

Equinor acquired its 25% share in the project in 2023.

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