Tenaska and two more companies plan to collaborate with Navigator CO2 Ventures LLC to advance a unique carbon sequestration system across five Midwest states.

CCS System

Navigator said it has contracts in hand with Tenaska, Advanced Resources International (ARI) and Chabina Energy Partners LLC to progress the carbon dioxide (CO2) storage pipeline, aka the Heartland Greenway System. 

Tenaska and ARI agreed to lead the overall development of the initial carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) site in south central Illinois. Chabina would help promote the commercial outreach and contracting structure.

“Aligning our core competencies provides the perfect complement for the overall execution plan,” Navigator CEO Matt Vining said. “Projects such as these are capital intensive and require a high degree of precision to reach completion. These parties bring the necessary technical capability along with an integrity-first approach that aligns with Navigator’s culture.”

Valero Energy Corp. and a unit of BlackRock Inc. in March teamed up with Navigator Energy Services to develop the industrial-scale pipeline to gather, transport and store CO2 emissions from sites in five Midwest states.

In June, Navigator said an open season to gauge support for a pipeline had drawn enough support to make it a go.

Omaha-based Tenaska, which is set to provide its energy infrastructure expertise for the system, is one of the perennial leaders on NGI’s quarterly list of North American natural gas marketers. It has holdings in natural gas and electric power marketing, energy management, development/acquisition of energy assets, and operating generating facilities.

“Tenaska is excited to work with the Navigator team once again, and on a project that will provide needed infrastructure to capture carbon emissions,” said Tenaska’s Chris Leitner, president of the Strategic Development & Acquisitions Group. “The Heartland Greenway System will be an important link in the nation’s shift toward decarbonization.”

Consultancy ARI has expertise in the carbon storage, unconventional resources and enhanced oil recovery space, including CO2 storage in oil and gas reservoirs and geologic formations.     The ARI team works with clients on CCUS characterization, development and permitting for U.S. and international projects.

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ARI President Vello Kuuskraa said experience in designing and developing carbon storage to meet regulatory requirements and commercial storage volumes would enable the Heartland system to “be a dependable resource for the storage of CO2 for emissions sources throughout the Midwest.”

ARI has experience in working on sub-surface projects and securing permits from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for Class VI wells. Class VI wells are used to inject CO2 into deep rock formations, aka geologic sequestration.

Meanwhile, Chabina would leverage its knowledge of renewable fuels transactions and investment opportunities that focused on broad-based industrial decarbonization.

Decarbonizing is not a “one size fits all model,” noted CEO Scott Chabina. “Understanding the nuances within various critical industries is essential to advancing the broader low-carbon economy. The beauty of the Heartland Greenway’s novel value proposition is that it makes decarbonization accessible for participants across the entire value chain.”