Wolf Carbon Solutions withdraws Mt. Simon CCS hub application

Nov. 22, 2023
Wolf Carbon Solutions submitted a motion with the Illinois Commerce Commission to withdraw its application to build and operate the 12-million tpy Mt. Simon Hub carbon capture and sequestration project.

Wolf Carbon Solutions US LLC has submitted a motion with the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) to withdraw its application to build and operate the 12-million tonne/year (tpy) Mt. Simon Hub carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) project. Wolf intends to update and refile an application with the ICC in early 2024.

The 280-mile Mt. Simon system would transport CO2 from Archer-Daniels-Midland (ADM) Co.’s ethanol and cogeneration sites in Clinton and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to permanent underground storage at its fully permitted and already-operational sequestration site in Decatur, Ill. The company said it “remains committed” to the project.

The move was taken “to address the questions and concerns raised by ICC staff in their recommendation,” said Dean Ferguson, president of Wolf Carbon Solutions. Among these concerns was what the ICC described as the lack of a final agreement between Wolf and ADM.

Navigator CO2 Ventures last month cancelled its 15-million tpy Heartland Greenway CCS pipeline project, citing “the unpredictable nature of the regulatory and government processes involved” (OGJ Online, Oct. 23, 2023).