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Aera's Carbon Journey

Experience, innovation, and partnership: leading the way to a lower carbon future.

Our carbon strategy is a collaborative co-existence approach that harnesses the power of innovation, collaboration and community engagement to ensure that no one is left behind in the state’s energy transformation.

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A changing climate and a transforming economy

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (UNIPCC) reports that climate impacts are growing and the energy system is transforming as a result.

Yet, oil and gas energy remain essential to the state – powering daily commutes, bringing food to the table, and making essential products for millions of Californians.

Addressing these challenges without leaving working Californians behind will require making significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, removing and storing carbon dioxide from the air and implementing other renewable energy technology while keeping energy affordability, security and reliability balanced.

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How Aera is adapting

With a vision and the drive to make it a reality, Aera is helping transform the energy landscape in California and beyond.

Reducing emissions from our operations: leveraging experience and expertise.

Aera’s journey to further reduce carbon emissions in its operations is anchored in its more than 25 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, the expertise and innovation of its people and advanced technology.

Our goals include:

Aera's Carbon Journey Timeline

  • Established Carbon Team
  • Developed proof of concept:
    - Carbon Capture and Storage
    - Solar PV
2021
  • Executed engineering & permitting for:
    - CarbonFrontier
    - Solar PV
  • Evaluated decarbonization technology
  • Explored potential third party emitter partnerships
2023
  • Future deployment and field execution
2020
  • Performed third party CO2 evaluation
  • Advanced carbon strategy
2022
  • Class VI submission for CarbonFrontier
  • New ownership and a commitment to neutrality and the energy transition
  • DOE DAC hub award
  • San Ardo and Belridge solar contracts signed
Future

Aera's Carbon Journey Timeline

  • 2020

    • Established Carbon Team
    • Developed proof of concept: - Carbon Capture and Storage - Solar PV

  • 2021

    • Performed third party CO2 evaluation
    • Advanced carbon strategy

  • 2022

    • Executed engineering & permitting for: - CarbonFrontier - Solar PV
    • Evaluated decarbonization technology
    • Explored potential third party emitter partnerships

  • 2023

    • Class VI submission for CarbonFrontier
    • New ownership and a commitment to neutrality and the energy transition
    • DOE DAC hub award
    • San Ardo and Belridge solar contracts signed

  • Future

    • Future deployment and field execution

Our Projects

Aera is harnessing carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, which is backed by decades of science and has been successfully implemented in a number of well-studied situations. CCS includes capturing CO2 from large emission sources through point-source capture and directly from the atmosphere through a process called direct air capture (DAC).

Aera has the capability, expert workforce and infrastructure to lead on CCS deployment, and we are excited to work alongside policymakers and our communities to bring this promising technology to Kern County – helping grow the county’s economy and maintain its global leadership in energy production.

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CarbonFrontier

Aera Energy, a leader in California energy production, is harnessing carbon capture and storage (CCS), which is backed by decades of science and has been successfully implemented in a number of well-studied situations. Along with Kern County’s skilled workforce and infrastructure, we have the right combinations to advance CarbonFrontier, a carbon capture and storage project, as part of a regional hub for future decarbonization efforts.

CarbonFrontier will leverage the similar technology to capture CO2 from existing produced gas streams and other sources at our Belridge oil field, capture it and safely inject it deep underground for permanent storage.

Once operational, it is anticipated that CarbonFrontier will:

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Aera Direct Air Capture (DAC) Hub

Unlike CCS projects, such as CarbonFrontier, which capture carbon at the point of emissions, direct air capture (DAC) is an innovative technology that has potential to capture carbon emissions directly from the atmosphere. This captured CO2 would then be transported and stored underground at Aera’s CarbonFrontier storage site.

Aera’s Direct Air Capture (DAC) Hub would integrate capture, energy sources, transportation and storage infrastructure to build an innovative low-carbon supply chain. This type of hub would help create the public-private partnerships necessary to realize a net-zero carbon economy in California while also benefitting underserved communities in the region through new opportunities for job training, employment, and business.

The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced the selection of Aera Federal LLC, a subsidiary of Aera Energy, to conduct a feasibility study for Aera DAC Hub. The feasibility study, valued at $4.5 million, will be funded mostly by the US Department of Energy (DOE) and partly by Aera to help establish the viability of DAC as a business and technology for large-scale California decarbonization; and identify optimal pathways, technologies, and partners to scale DAC to help meet California’s climate goals.

Partners on the Aera DAC Hub – project include Battelle, the world’s largest not-for-profit applied science and technology organization, who will co-lead execution of the feasibility study, and DAC technology partners, Carbon Capture Inc. and Mosaic Materials Inc.

With a 25-year record of carbon management across the U.S., Battelle is well-positioned as a key partner due to a vibrant program in commercial deployment of Carbon Capture and Storage and their expertise in leading CCS public-private partnerships. Battelle, CarbonCapture Inc., and Mosaic Materials all bring strong and diverse technical teams to deliver the most optimal low-carbon infrastructure critical for a successful DAC hub.

Aera Federal LLC, a subsidiary of Aera Energy LLC, is a federal government contractor in the renewable energy space doing business in California and was formed in 2023.

Aera Federal Ethics and Compliance Hotline: (661) 601-9907