Opportunity for development of a world-class CO2 sequestration hub on Alabama’s Gulf Coast
Natural Resource Partners L.P. (NYSE: NRP) today announced that NRP and Denbury Carbon Solutions, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Denbury Inc (NYSE: DEN) (“Denbury”), have executed a CO2 Sequestration Agreement for the evaluation and potential development of a permanent CO2 sequestration site located on Alabama’s Gulf Coast.
The agreement provides Denbury with the exclusive rights to develop a CO2 sequestration site on approximately 75,000 acres of pore space controlled by NRP in Baldwin County, near Mobile, Alabama. Denbury estimates the total CO2 storage potential of this site to be over 300 million metric tons. Depending on the pace and scale of regional CCUS development, Denbury may consider expanding its existing Gulf Coast CO2 pipeline network to connect to this site.
Craig Nunez, NRP’s President and Chief Operating Officer, stated, “We are very pleased to partner with Denbury on this world-class carbon sequestration project, which has the potential to provide important benefits to the environment and add significant value to NRP. Denbury’s extensive experience with CO2 transportation, underground injection and understanding of Gulf Coast geology, will enable us to maximize the value of our Baldwin County acreage. We expect this 75,000-acre project to be the first of what will potentially be numerous carbon sequestration projects conducted on the approximately 3.5 million acres where we own the rights to sequester CO2 across the United States.”
Chris Kendall, Denbury’s President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We are excited to announce this agreement with NRP, which further expands Denbury’s industry-leading Gulf Coast CO2 infrastructure position in a region with high volumes of existing industrial CO2 emissions. In addition, the combination of this site’s significant expected CO2 storage capacity and its proximity to deep-water ports should enhance the region’s appeal for newbuild industrial development with carbon capture. We look forward to working with the team at NRP on this exciting project.”
Subject to satisfactory title diligence, Denbury plans to complete a technical evaluation of the site to ensure its suitability for CO2 sequestration, while simultaneously pursuing agreements to transport and store CO2 emissions from nearby existing or planned industrial facilities. Denbury estimates that the site could be ready to receive CO2 injection by 2026.
ABOUT NATURAL RESOURCE PARTNERS
Natural Resource Partners L.P., a master limited partnership headquartered in Houston, TX, is a diversified natural resource company that owns, manages and leases a diversified portfolio of properties in the United States including coal, industrial minerals and other natural resources, as well as rights to conduct carbon sequestration and renewable energy activities. NRP also owns an equity investment in Ciner Wyoming LLC, one of the world’s lowest-cost producers of soda ash.
Further information about NRP is available on the partnership’s website at http://www.nrplp.com.
Denbury is an independent energy company with operations and assets focused on Carbon Capture, Use and Storage (CCUS) and Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) in the Gulf Coast and Rocky Mountain regions. For over two decades, the Company has maintained a unique strategic focus on utilizing CO2 in its EOR operations and since 2013 has been active in CCUS through the injection of captured industrial-sourced CO2. The Company currently injects over three million tons of captured industrial-sourced CO2 annually, and its objective is to fully offset its Scope 1, 2, and 3 CO2 emissions within this decade, primarily through increasing the amount of captured industrial-sourced CO2 used in its operations. For more information about Denbury, visit www.denbury.com.
The Denbury Carbon Solutions team was formed in January 2020 to advance Denbury’s leadership in the anticipated high-growth CCUS industry, leveraging its unique capabilities and assets that were developed over the last 20-plus years through its focus on CO2 EOR.
This press release includes “forward-looking statements” as defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this press release that address activities, events or developments that the Partnership expects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. These statements are based on certain assumptions made by the Partnership based on its experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors it believes are appropriate in the circumstances. Such statements are subject to a number of assumptions, risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the control of the Partnership. These risks include, among other things, statements regarding: the effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic; future distributions on the Partnership’s common and preferred units; the Partnership's business strategy; its liquidity and access to capital and financing sources; its financial strategy; prices of and demand for coal, trona and soda ash, and other natural resources; estimated revenues, expenses and results of operations; projected future performance by the Partnership's lessees, including Foresight Energy; Ciner Wyoming LLC’s trona mining and soda ash refinery operations; distributions from the soda ash joint venture; the impact of governmental policies, laws and regulations, as well as regulatory and legal proceedings involving the Partnership, and of scheduled or potential regulatory or legal changes; global and U.S. economic conditions; and other factors detailed in Natural Resource Partners’ Securities and Exchange Commission filings. Natural Resource Partners L.P. has no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.