Houston-based Occidental Petroleum and subsidiary 1PointFive said last week they will begin detailed engineering and construction for their first large-scale direct carbon capture plant in Ector County in 2022Q3 near Oxy acreage and infrastructure. Startup is expected in late 2024 of the world’s largest plant of its kind. The plant is expected initially to capture up to 500,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year and employ 1,000 people in construction and 75 after operations begin. First stage of construction includes site preparation and road work.
Vicki Hollub, president and CEO, said Aug. 25, “The construction of Oxy’s first DAC plant is an important milestone on the pathway to achieving our net-zero ambitions and helping the world meet the Paris agreement’s climate goals.” Richard Jackson, president of Oxy’s carbon management operations, added, “Construction of this transformative facility begins our journey toward providing commercial scale DAC solutions that reduce and remove carbon emissions.”
Texas Tribune said Oxy applied for property tax abatements in two Texas counties, including Ector, for its series of DAC plants.