JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration Corp. restarted operations at the Petra Nova CCUS plant in Texas on Sept. 5, 2023.
The project, owned 100% by JX Nippon subsidiary Petra Nova Parish Holdings LLC since September 2022, had been shut down since May 2020 by NRG Energy Inc. due to a combination of low oil prices and mechanical problems. The company later sold its 50% interest in Petra Nova Holdings to partner JX Nippon for $3.6 million.
NRG Energy Inc. placed the Petra Nova project in Thompson, Tex., into service in 2017. It was designed to capture at least 90% of the CO2 emissions from a 240-Mw equivalent flue-gas slipstream at the NRG Energy Inc.-owned W.A. Parish Electric Generating Station and to store up to 1.4 million tpy of CO2. Captured CO2 was compressed and transported through an 80-mile pipeline for enhanced oil recovery (EOR).