February 05, 2024 [Storage Terminals Magazine]- Delek US Holdings, Inc. has been selected by the Department of Energy’s Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations for a carbon capture pilot project at its Big Spring refinery. The project, which will be supported by a cost-sharing agreement, is part of the DOE’s Carbon Capture Large-Scale Pilot Project programme. This programme provides 70 percent cost-share for up to $95 million of federal funding to support project development.
Avigal Soreq, President and CEO of Delek US, expressed gratitude for the DOE’s selection and highlighted the significance of the Big Spring refinery’s competitive advantage and operational excellence. Soreq emphasized the importance of carbon capture in decarbonising hard-to-abate sectors.
By deploying Svante Technologies Inc.’s second-generation carbon capture technology at the Big Spring refinery’s fluidised catalytic cracking unit, the project aims to capture 145,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide annually. It also aims to reduce health-harming pollutants like SOx and particulate matter. The captured carbon dioxide will be transported through existing pipelines for permanent storage or utilisation. The pilot project at the FCCU seeks to achieve cost reductions and facilitate the commercialisation of carbon capture technology.
In addition to its environmental benefits, Delek’s carbon capture project aligns with the company’s commitment to the communities it operates in. The project will provide opportunities for advancement for the skilled workforce, with Delek partnering with the International Union of Operating Engineers and the United Steelworkers to execute the project. Furthermore, a carbon capture schoolhouse will be established to equip current and future workers with the necessary skillsets for the energy transition. It is anticipated that the project will create around 200 construction and operations jobs in 2027 and 2028.
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