LSB Industries, Inc. (“LSB” or “the Company”), (NYSE: LXU) and Lapis Energy LP (“Lapis”) today jointly announced the filing of a permit application with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) to construct a Class VI well as part of their project to capture and permanently sequester carbon dioxide (“CO2”) at LSB’s El Dorado, Arkansas facility (“El Dorado”). Class VI wells are used to inject CO2 into deep rock formations. This long-term underground storage, called geologic sequestration, reduces atmospheric CO2 emissions and helps to mitigate climate change.
Upon approval of the Class VI permit, Lapis will begin construction on the infrastructure required to capture and sequester CO2 at El Dorado. The project is targeting the Hosston and the Cotton Valley geologic formations to permanently store the CO2. Once in operation (target 2025), the sequestered CO2 is expected to reduce LSB’s direct greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions by approximately 25% from current levels. In addition, sequestering more than 450,000 metric tons of CO2 annually should allow LSB to produce over 375,000 metric tons of low carbon, or “blue” ammonia annually, a product expected to be more valuable than conventional ammonia. The permanently sequestered CO2 generated from the facility’s ammonia production is expected to qualify for federal tax credits under Internal Revenue Code Section 45Q, which are currently up to $85 per metric ton of CO2 captured beginning in 2026.
Reg Manhas, Lapis Energy’s CEO, stated, “We are very pleased to have submitted the Class VI permit application to the EPA. We conducted extensive up-front research, computational modeling, and tests in order to confirm the efficacy to permanently sequester CO2 at LSB’s El Dorado facility and believe that the quantity and quality of the data will facilitate the EPA process. This project benefits from the presence of geological formations that provide high-capacity storage with excellent injection potential directly beneath the facility. These conditions allow for a very short pipeline within LSB’s property to transport the CO2 from the ammonia plant. We look forward to working with the EPA towards approval of this important Class VI well application.”
Mark Behrman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of LSB Industries, added, “The filing of the Class VI permit is a major milestone in the low carbon ammonia project we are developing with Lapis. We are very excited to progress the transition to what we believe will become a large future market and are proud to be developing the first CCS project announced in the state of Arkansas. This project is very compelling for us from both environmental and commercial perspectives as it will meaningfully reduce LSB’s greenhouse gas emissions from ammonia production while enabling us to offer our customers solutions to help them decarbonize their supply chains, particularly those in industrial sectors or those looking to use ammonia as a fuel. We look forward to receiving the EPA’s comments to and approval of our Class VI permit application so that we can move forward with our efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”
About LSB Industries, Inc.
LSB Industries, Inc., headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, manufactures and sells chemical products for the agricultural, mining, and industrial markets. The Company owns and operates facilities in Cherokee, Alabama, El Dorado, Arkansas and Pryor, Oklahoma, and operates a facility for a global chemical company in Baytown, Texas. LSB’s products are sold through distributors and directly to end customers primarily throughout the United States. Committed to improving the world by setting goals that will reduce our environmental impact on the planet and improve the quality of life for all of its people, the Company is well positioned to play a key role in the reduction of global carbon emissions through its planned carbon capture and sequestration, and zero carbon ammonia strategies. Additional information about LSB can be found on its website at www.lsbindustries.com.
About Lapis Energy LP
Backed by Cresta Fund Management, Lapis is the Partner of Choice for energy-intensive industries seeking to achieve their carbon goals through the delivery of carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) projects. Located in Dallas and founded in 2020 by a team of industry-leading experts, Lapis is actively building a world-class portfolio of CCS projects within North America. For more information about Lapis, please visit www.lapisenergy.com.
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