Occidental Reach Lease Agreement to Support up to 30 Direct Air Capture Plants on Leased Acreage

Occidental (NYSE: OXY) and its subsidiary 1PointFive and King Ranch, a privately-held agricultural production and resource management company, today announced a lease agreement to support large-scale Direct Air Capture (DAC) projects for dedicated carbon dioxide (CO2) sequestration on 106,000 acres in Kleberg County, Texas. The agreement provides access to land for the potential to remove up to 30 million metric tons of CO2 per year through DAC and pore space estimated to store up to 3 billion metric tons of CO2 in geologic reservoirs.

The agreement will advance 1PointFive’s development plans for commercial-scale DAC plants as a decarbonization solution to accelerate a net-zero economy. In addition to DAC emissions capture, the King Ranch acreage is also located near industrial emitters in the Gulf Coast region, including Corpus Christi, where emissions can be captured, transported and sequestered in the pore space. Each DAC plant in the site is expected to be capable of removing up to 1 million metric tons of CO2 per year yielding a total capacity of up to 30 million metric tons per year when all facilities are operational.

“We are excited to work with King Ranch on what will be the largest DAC deployment project in the world, as we continue our plans to provide affordable and practical industrial-scale decarbonization solutions,” said Vicki Hollub, President and CEO, Occidental. “We believe large-scale DAC, which is an innovative engineered CO2 removal solution, will play an important role in helping organizations and nations reduce their net CO2 emissions and provide the scale necessary to make a difference in addressing climate change globally.”

“King Ranch has been focused on conservation for more than a century. While these methods to capture carbon are relatively new, they are consistent with our vision and values. We’re proud to partner with Occidental while continuing a focus on stewardship of our natural resources,” said Robert Hodgen, CEO of King Ranch, Inc.

Occidental’s first DAC plant in the Texas Permian Basin is currently under construction and builds on Occidental’s 50 years of carbon management experience. 1PointFive is working with Carbon Engineering to commercialize their technology and enable the global deployment of large-scale DAC projects. Worley is handling engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) services for the first DAC plant.

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