Today in America, there are already 5,000 miles of carbon dioxide (CO2) pipelines, but more are needed to preserve Texas' industrial jobs and secure our lower-carbon energy future.

Carbon Capture and Storage, or CCS, is a process that will allow Texas' industries that emit carbon dioxide (CO2) to both maintain their business plans and reduce CO2 emissions by using special equipment to remove the CO2 from their facilities' exhaust before it reaches the air. Once captured, the CO2 can be transported by pipeline — in either a gaseous state or in a highly compressed, almost liquid, state — to underground reservoirs that are certified for the safe and permanent storage of CO2.

Pipelines have been safely transporting CO2 for more than 50 years, and an expanded CO2 pipeline network can create new well-paying construction jobs, help sustain Texas' industrial jobs and reduce CO2 emissions.

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CO2 Pipeline Construction Safety

ExxonMobil Pipeline Company focuses on safety and quality assurance through every step of the construction process, from project planning and design, to the manufacture and transportation of pipe, assembly and lay-in, and ultimately system start-up and restoration of the right-of-way. Federal and state regulators periodically inspect the construction sites to certify construction regulations are being properly followed.

CO2 Pipeline Operations Safety

Current federal law and government pipeline safety regulation require carbon dioxide (CO2) pipeline operators to proactively inspect their pipelines and conduct preventive maintenance. Pipeline personnel monitor operations 24/7. CO2 pipelines are constructed with high-grade steel and a protective coating to help prevent corrosion.

Learn more about ExxonMobil Pipeline Company's operations integrity management system.

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Hi-Tech Inspection Tools

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Preventive Maintenance

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24/7 Monitoring

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Hi-Grade Steel & Protective Coatings

CO2 Pipeline Safety Record

  • Publicly available government pipeline safety data collected by PHMSA shows carbon dioxide (CO2) pipeline incidents are rare.
  • CO2 pipelines have a lower incident rate than both crude oil and refined products pipelines, which are already low.
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Past Experience

Carbon dioxide (CO2) pipelines are not new. They’ve operated in the U.S. for over 50 years. They now span over 5,000 miles across several states.

Present Performance

CO2 pipelines have a strong track record as some of the safest pipelines in the U.S. According to publicly available government data, over the last five years, CO2 pipelines have a lower incident rate than both crude oil and refined products pipelines, which are already low.

Future Performance

The pipeline industry is currently developing new, best practices for construction, operation and incident response in the unlikely event of a CO2 pipeline incident.

CO2 Fact Sheets

CO2 Pipelines - Part of our Clean Energy Future

CO2 Underground Storage Safety

CO2 Pipeline Safety

If you have any questions, please contact our team directly using the link below or calling our project representative.

Justin Stegall, Community Engagement Lead