Few challenges are more important than maintaining an accessible and affordable supply of energy while reducing its environmental impact. ExxonMobil is playing a leading role in addressing this challenge by lessening the carbon footprint of its own operations while spearheading technologies that will produce lower-carbon fuels and help carbon-intensive industries reach their net-zero emission targets.
Working to make these goals a reality, ExxonMobil Pipeline Company (EMPCo) is enhancing the sustainability of its operations that keep today’s energy products flowing while preparing to safely transport products that will enable America’s lower-carbon future.
In line with ExxonMobil, EMPCo is enhancing the sustainability of its operations. An example is the power optimization plan developed for the Wink to Webster Pipeline System, the largest pipeline by volume in North America. First, EMPCo has employed ExxonMobil-manufactured Drag Reducing Agents that reduce not only the friction and turbulence within the pipeline but also the amount of power needed to pump the oil to the Gulf Coast. Additionally, we are working to consume the bulk of our electricity when the electric grid is powered by a high percentage of renewable sources.
Carbon capture and storage
As ExxonMobil works with carbon-intensive industries to capture and store their carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, ExxonMobil Pipeline Company is leveraging its pipeline and storage facility expertise to support the projects. Depending on project needs, EMPCo either builds or operates the pipelines to transport CO2 to underground reservoirs that are certified for the safe and permanent storage of CO2 and is also able to operate the underground storage facilities.
EMPCo is building and operating CO2 pipelines and operating the storage facilities for the first and largest commercial CCS projects in the U.S. Gulf Coast, helping facilities in the region sustain their operations while meeting climate goals.
The impending expanded use of lower-carbon fuels, such as Hydrogen, will greatly lower the carbon footprint of energy-intensive industries, such as steel manufacturing and chemical refining. EMPCo is developing plans to build and operate hydrogen pipelines to safely transport the lower-carbon fuel to its end users.