The world’s largest direct air capture (DAC) facility, designed to zap up to 1 million metric tons/year of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the Permian Basin, is tracking to start up by early 2024, Occidental Petroleum Corp. CEO Vicki Hollub said Wednesday.

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Oxy, as it is better known, issued its second quarter results on Wednesday. The Houston-based independent posted solid results across its U.S. and international holdings, with stronger profits and improved efficiencies. 

Several analysts, though, were keen to hear more about a project that has yet to break ground. Oxy in February pulled the trigger for the first phase of front-end engineering design (FEED) to build what would be the world’s largest DAC, a CO2 capture project set for West Texas. 

“The FEED study...