A group of 13 major oil companies charted out a plan on Sept. 23 to promote investments in carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS), ahead of a gathering in New York.
Oil chiefs grappling with growing demand for climate change action have looked to invest in carbon-capture and sequestration techniques that some executives, including Occidental Petroleum Corp. CEO Vicki Hollub, say could make drilling carbon neutral.
Carbon sequestration technology works by trapping carbon in caverns or porous spaces underground.
It comes at a time when the oil and gas industry faces growing criticism of its efforts to combat global climate change, particularly as fossil fuel development grows in large economies worldwide, including the United States, China and Russia.
The group, known as the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI), said it aims to double the amount of carbon dioxide that is currently stored globally by 2030.
Carbon-capture technologies could be expanded to more efficiently trap large amounts of carbon released by facilities such as power plants, which could then be used in oil recovery and, ultimately stored—thus, removing it from the atmosphere—the group said in a statement.
The OGCI plans to work with others to put carbon-capture techniques into operation in five places—the U.S., U.K., Norway, the Netherlands, and China.
On Sept. 23 in New York, the group will sign a declaration of collaboration with stakeholders, including certain energy ministers, to commit to their efforts to expand carbon storage.
The companies, which include Exxon Mobil Corp., Chevron Corp. and BP Plc, account for 32% of global oil and gas production. The companies have all agreed to cooperate to accelerate the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
Last year, the companies announced plans to reduce methane intensity, and managed to trim the intensity by 9% in 2018.
Rio Oil and Gas II retained Detring Energy Advisors for the sale of a core Delaware Basin asset in Ward County, Texas, operated by Chevron in an offering closing Nov. 20.
Council Oak Resources retained Meagher Energy Advisors for the sale of Arkoma Basin nonoperated leasehold and minerals located in Hughes, Okfuskee and Okmulgee counties, Okla.
A Travis Peak Resources affiliate retained Detring for the sale certain of its oil and gas assets located in Grady County, Okla., throughout the core of the prolific Merge area.