Siemens Energy to supply compressors for Oxy plant

08 March 2023

(Illustration: Siemens Energy.)

Siemens Energy will supply two compression units to a direct-air capture (DAC) plant in the Permian Basin operated by a subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum. The two compressor packages will enable the plant to capture up to 500,000 metric tonnes of CO2 annually once fully operational, Siemens Energy announced.

The first unit is a motor-driven 13,000 hp modular wet gas compressor package; the second is a motor-driven 8500 hp dry gas compressor. The equipment will compress the captured CO2 for additional processing and pressurize the final product into a pipeline for injection into underground reservoirs.

The plant is expected to provide practical solutions that hard-to-decarbonize industries can use to help achieve net zero. Captured carbon dioxide can be safely sequestered deep underground in saline formations or used to produce hydrocarbons to enable lower-carbon or net-zero transportation fuels and in products like chemicals and building materials.

“We are honored to be part of such an important project. Technologies to effectively capture and sequester CO2 will be a necessity if we want to achieve our climate goals,” said Siemens Energy president and CEO Christian Bruch. “Close partnerships with partners like Occidental are the base to scale up innovative solutions.”

“We are leveraging Oxy’s core competence in carbon management to capture and sequester atmospheric carbon dioxide to help meet the goals of the Paris Agreement and reduce emissions globally,” said Vicki Hollub, President and CEO, Occidental. “Our first Direct Air Capture plant will advance industrial-scale carbon capture to provide a solution to help Oxy and others accelerate their respective paths to net zero.”

Policy incentives, such as the Inflation Reduction Act, are accelerating DAC technology as a climate solution to help organizations reduce their CO2 emissions, Siemens Energy said.

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