Carbon Capture: Can Paper Mill Open the Door to Climate Solutions?


**The Mississippi Project: A Test Case**

LA News Center has highlighted a project in Vicksburg, Mississippi, where a paper mill aims to capture and store over 120,000 tons of carbon dioxide annually. This project, chosen by the Department of Energy for taxpayer funding, is led by International Paper in collaboration with Amazon, SLB (formerly Schlumberger), and RTI International.

**The Promise of Carbon Capture and Storage**

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology involves capturing carbon dioxide emissions from industrial processes and storing them deep underground. The International Energy Agency (IEA) deems CCS “critical” in achieving net-zero emissions, but acknowledges its challenges in efficiency and safety.

**Implementation Hurdles**

The expansion of CCS requires a massive pipeline infrastructure, which faces permitting challenges due to state line crossings. Additionally, concerns over safety have emerged after a Denbury pipeline leak in Mississippi, leading to .9 million in fines.

**Heavy Industry Decarbonization**

CCS is particularly promising for heavy industries like cement and steel, which face limited options for emissions reduction. Companies such as Chevron, Exxon, Baker Hughes, and SLB are repurposing their carbon storage expertise to capitalize on this opportunity.

**Chevron and Exxon’s Gulf Coast Hubs**

Chevron and Exxon are investing billions in CCS projects along the Gulf Coast, targeting high-concentration emissions for efficient capture. Exxon’s acquisition of Denbury, an operator of over 900 miles of carbon dioxide pipelines, aims to enhance its reach.

**Next Steps**

The Mississippi papermill project serves as a testing ground for the technical and economic viability of CCS. The success of such projects could pave the way for the scaling up of this technology as an essential tool in the global fight against climate change.

Data sourced from: