Carbon TerraVault I Projects

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California Resources Corporation (CRC) has identified approximately 1 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) permanent storage capacity across California that will help contribute to the decarbonization of the state.

CRC has applied for a permit for one of two initial permanent Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) projects at the Elk Hills Field – which are collectively referred to as Carbon TerraVault I. The company will apply for a permit for the second project later this year.

These projects will inject CO2 from industrial sources into depleted underground oil and gas reservoirs and permanently store CO2 deep underground. With a total estimated capacity of up to 40 million metric tons of storage, the Carbon TerraVault I projects will be capable of injecting over 1 million metric tons of CO2 per year, equivalent to the annual emissions of approximately 200,000 passenger vehicles.

CCS projects can have immediate and long-lasting environmental, economic, and employment benefits to nearby communities. The Elk Hills Field is of particular focus given the ample availability of multiple depleted oil reservoirs. The rural Elk Hills oil complex spans nearly 75 square miles, with no burden on local communities, and includes more than 25,000 acres of habitat conservation lands.

Carbon TerraVault I – Elk Hills Field:

  • Safe, permanent storage of up to 40 million metric tons of CO2
  • Equivalent of capturing the annual emissions of approximately 200,000 passenger vehicles

The Elk Hills Field is “one of the premier CO2 sequestration sites in the U.S. …an optimal site for safe and secure sequestration of CO2.”
- California Energy Commission

Map of oil fields in the San Joaquin Basin in California