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Exxon (XOM) Signs MoU to Join Acorn CCS Project in Scotland

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Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM - Free Report)  signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to participate in the Acorn carbon capture and storage (“CCS”) project in Scotland to address the national climate goals of the U.K.

The project is being conducted by Pale Blue Dot Energy, a wholly-owned subsidiary of UK-based CCS developer Storegga Geotechnologies. Notably, Exxon joined fellow oil giants Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDS.A) and Harbour Energy plc (HBRID) in the development led by Pale Blue Dot.

The Acorn CCS project intends to capture and store 5-6 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year by 2030 from gas terminals at the St Fergus terminal of Peterhead, one of which is jointly owned by Exxon and Shell. The project aims to be among the first large-scale operational CCS projects in the country by the middle of the decade.

The project is capable of providing more than 50% of the UK government’s target of 10 million tons of CO2 storage per year. Once expanded, it can store more than 20 million tons of CO2 emissions per year by mid-2030.

Exxon mentioned that it joined NECCUS, an organization consisting of industry, government and academic experts, who committed to reduce emissions from industrial facilities in Scotland. Exxon’s participation will allow the alliance to explore the potential of technology-driven solutions to reduce emissions by building on its long-term experience with carbon capture and storage.

Exxon has more than three decades of experience in CCS and established low-carbon solution businesses to commercialize low-emission technologies. As a world leader in the development and use of carbon capture and storage, Exxon and partners will determine how technology-driven solutions can play a crucial role in reducing Scotland’s emissions.

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