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Houston energy services company acquires carbon capture, storage biz

In M&A news, Buckeye Partners has acquired a carbon capture and storage company from Oklahoma. Photo via Getty Images

Another Houston energy company has announced an acquisition in the carbon capture space.

Buckeye Partners, a Houston-headquartered energy infrastructure and logistics provider, announced this week that it has acquired Oklahoma City-based Elysian Carbon Management from EnCap Flatrock Midstream. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Elysian, founded in 2018, secured an initial capital commitment of $350 million from EnCap Flatrock Midstream in 2021. The company's technology includes end-to-end carbon capture and storage solutions.

“This acquisition reflects Buckeye’s commitment to continue to provide essential infrastructure and logistics solutions to meet our customers’ evolving needs in the energy transition,” say Buckeye CEO Todd Russo in a news release. “Rapidly developing CCS-related technologies and solutions offer abundant synergies across Buckeye’s project development capabilities and existing pipeline network and are essential to enabling the energy transition’s success."

With the acquisition, Russo continues, the Elysian team will join the Buckeye platform to integrate the two companies' expertise. Per the release, Buckeye hopes to become a net-zero energy business by 2040, across scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions.

“Buckeye continues to demonstrate resiliency and emissions-reduction results across its increasingly diversified energy solutions portfolio,” says Elysian CEO Bret Logue in the release. “We’re fully aligned with their decarbonization mission and look forward to adding immediate value to Buckeye’s customer base and their momentum in the energy transition by integrating CCS technologies across the energy value chain.”

Less than a week before Buckey's M&A news, ExxonMobil announced its acquisition of a carbon capture company in a $4.9 billion deal.

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The combined technology portfolios will accelerate the introduction of promising early-stage decarbonization technology. Photo via Getty Images

SLB announced its plans to combine its carbon capture business with Norway company, Aker Carbon Capture.

Upon completion of the transaction, which is expected to close by the end of the second quarter of this year, SLB will own 80 percent of the combined business and ACC will own 20 percent.

According to a SLB news release, the combined technology portfolios will accelerate the introduction of promising early-stage decarbonization technology.

“For CCUS to have the expected impact on supporting global net-zero ambitions, it will need to scale up 100-200 times in less than three decades,” Olivier Le Peuch, CEO of SLB, says in the release. “Crucial to this scale-up is the ability to lower capture costs, which often represent as much as 50-70% of the total spend of a CCUS project.

The International Energy Agency estimates that over one gigaton of CO2 every year year will need to be captured by 2030 — a figure that scales up to over six gigatons by 2050.

"We are excited to create this business with ACC to accelerate the deployment of carbon capture technologies that will shift the economics of carbon capture across high-emitting industrial sectors,” Le Peuch continues.

SLB is slated to pay NOK 4.12 billion — around $379.4 million — to own 80 percent of Aker Carbon Capture Holding AS, which owns ACC, per the news release, and SLB may also pay up to NOK 1.36 billion over the next three years, depending on business performance.

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