ADM Proposes The State's Third Carbon-Capture Pipeline In Iowa

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ADM Proposes The State's Third Carbon-Capture Pipeline In Iowa

Tue, 01/18/2022 - 10:16
Iowa on the map (© Shutterstock/Aleksandr Grechanyuk)
Iowa on the map (© Shutterstock/Aleksandr Grechanyuk)

A Chicago-based company Archer Daniel Midlands Co, on Tuesday, January 11, announced it had reached an agreement over the construction of a pipeline that would aid in the capture and sequestration of carbon emission from its Iowa ethanol plants.

The project is the third Caborn capture pipeline proposed in Iowa state since the decarbonization efforts began. Archer Daniel Midlands said it had signed a letter of intent with Wolf Carbon Solutions, a Denver-based company that would undertake the construction of a 350-mile pipeline, serving the companies ethanol plants in Clinton and Cedar Rapids.

According to ADM's proposal, Wolf would develop, own and operate the entire pipeline, which would transmit liquefied carbon dioxide from the ethanol plants to the underground carbon sequestration facility in Decatur, Illinois.

Even though the ADM and Wolf did not provide the price tag of the project or the map showing the routes for the pipes, the two companies revealed the carbon project aims to capture and transport about 12 million tons of CO2 annually.

Apart from transporting carbon dioxide from their ethanol plants to underground facilities, the two companies also said the pipelines would have "a spare capacity" to cater to the decarbonization needs of other third parties looking to decarbonize in the Midwest and Ohio River Valley.

In 2021, Texas-based company Navigator CO2 Ventures and Ames-based Summit Carbon Solutions announced a joint project that would capture carbon dioxide from ethanol and other agro-based industries in Iowa and other Midwestern states and compress it into liquid before transporting it through a pipeline into a permanent underground storage facility.

Summit and Navigator said the project is essential in helping the ethanol-producing plants and other energy-intensive agricultural-based industries stay afloat while also contributing to the country's efforts to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions by half come 2030.

However, the project was met with resistance from various groups, including the state, landowners, residents, and farmers concerned about the damage caused during the pipeline construction. According to the president of Wolf Carbon Solutions, the two companies are optimistic they have a "great combination of complementary skills and experience" that would guarantee the project's success.

ADM has owned and operated carbon dioxide sequestration facilities for about 10 years, while Wolf Carbon Solutions, part of a Canadian energy infrastructure giant, Wolf Midstream, has pretty much to gain from the project. Wolf Midstream is famous for building and operating the Alberta Carbon Trunk Line system—which turned out to be the world's carbon capture and storage project.

"This is an exciting opportunity for ADM to connect some of our largest processing facilities with our carbon capture capabilities, advancing our work to significantly reduce our CO2 emissions while delivering sustainable solutions for our customers," the ADM's president of carbohydrate solutions, Chris Cuddy,  said in a statement.

Wolf Carbon Solutions said it had delivered over 2 million tons of CO2 to a permanent underground storage, and their partner ADM said to have captured and sequestered at least 3.5 million in their 1.5 miles permanent underground storage located at Decatur. ADM also plans to construct a zero-emission plant in the same location.

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