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    Texas port authority pursuing low-carbon future


From hydrogen to carbon storage, the port authority in Corpus Christi is claiming a leadership position in the energy transition.

by: Daniel Graeber

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Texas port authority pursuing low-carbon future

The authority governing the port of Corpus Christi in Texas said November 16 it was committed to a low-carbon future by pursuing options ranging from hydrogen to carbon storage.

Even as we embrace and expand our role in the traditional energy marketplace, we are actively working to define our niche in the transition to alternative energy sources,” said Charles Zahn Jr, chair of the Port of Corpus Christi Commission. “Cultivating world-scale production of low-carbon hydrogen for export will help protect US energy security, not just for the next five or 15 years, but for the next generation and beyond.”

The port authority already this year made a series of steps along the energy transition pathway. In August, it signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Howard Midstream Energy Partners, which operates the area’s Javelina refinery. The port authority said the Javelina refinery has the capacity to produce as much as 60mn ft3/d of hydrogen through a combination of so-called blue production processes and from the utilisation of waste gas.

And an MoU signed in September with the Texas General Land Office, the state’s land manager, calls for the joint development of a carbon storage solution at the port.

“The partnerships the Port of Corpus Christi have formed or expanded in recent months all support our broader climate action objectives,” said Jeff Pollack, chief strategy and sustainability officer for the Port of Corpus Christi. “We see these initiatives as a direct investment in our current customers’ respective decarbonisation commitments.”