Schlumberger, Chevron plan bioenergy and carbon capture project

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March 4 (Renewables Now) - An oil sector duo, Schlumberger Ltd (NYSE:SLB) and Chevron Corp (NYSE:CVX), are leading a project in California that combines biomass power production with carbon capture and storage (CCS).

Specifically, Schlumberger New Energy and Chevron have teamed up with software giant Microsoft Corp (NASDAQ:MSFT) and carbon reducing energy systems specialist Clean Energy Systems (CES) to develop this bioenergy with carbon capture and sequestration (BECCS) project in Mendota.

The planned facility will convert agricultural waste biomass like almond trees into a renewable synthesis gas, to be mixed with oxygen in a combustor for the purpose of generating electricity. This process will be followed by the injection of carbon dioxide (CO2) underground into nearby deep geologic formations.

The four partners anticipate making a final investment decision in 2022. They estimate that the project will create as many as 300 construction jobs and some 30 permanent jobs once the plant is up and running. The facility itself will use around 200,000 tonnes of agricultural waste annually and thus help improve air quality in the Central Valley.

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