Baker Hughes signs agreement to acquire Compact Carbon Capture technology to advance industrial decarbonisation

Source: press release, 3 November 2020

3C industrial scale plants have a capacity ranging from 20,000 to 250,000 tonnes of CO₂ captured per year
3C industrial scale plants have a capacity ranging from 20,000 to 250,000 tonnes of CO₂ captured per year (illustration: 3C)

Baker Hughes has announced it is acquiring Compact Carbon Capture (3C), a pioneering technology development company specialising in carbon capture solutions. The acquisition underpins Baker Hughes’ strategic commitment to lead in the energy transition by providing decarbonisation solutions for carbon-intensive industries, including oil and gas and broader industrial operations.

The advancement of carbon capture technology solutions is widely considered critical to delivering the additional COemissions reduction needed to meet global 2050 climate targets. In the energy and industrial sectors, carbon capture technology is among the most viable decarbonisation paths for both retrofitting existing assets as well as for greenfield projects. 3C’s technology can address CO2 capture from different emission sources and can contribute significantly to the decarbonisation of customers’ operations.

3C’s technology differs from traditional carbon capture solvent-based solutions by using rotating beds instead of static columns, effectively distributing solvents in a compact and modularised format. The rotating bed technology enhances the carbon capture process resulting in up to 75% smaller footprint and lower capital expenditures. In addition, 3C’s modular and scalable configuration can be easily deployed into existing brownfield applications and can be optimised for a broad range of capacity and applications, including offshore and industrial emitters.

Baker Hughes’ 100+ years of rotating equipment expertise, including in modularised and decarbonisation process solutions, will provide an unmatched opportunity to scale and commercialise 3C’s technology. As part of the agreement, Baker Hughes will accelerate the development of the technology, leading to commercial deployment for customers globally.

“The addition of 3C to our energy technology portfolio complements our strategy, technology and manufacturing strengths in the area of carbon capture,” says Lorenzo Simonelli, chairman and CEO of Baker Hughes. “This agreement highlights our deliberate and disciplined approach to invest in the energy transition. We are positioning our portfolio for new energy frontiers, and we believe there will be strong growth potential of carbon capture for both industrial applications and oil and gas projects. By incubating 3C’s technology, we can develop a roadmap to provide one of the industry’s lowest cost per ton carbon capture solutions.”

“Our technology plays an important role in the energy transition, and we believe this agreement with Baker Hughes is the right step to grow,” says Torleif Madsen, CEO of 3C. “As we focus on our long-term vision to develop the world’s leading carbon capture offerings, we will leverage Baker Hughes’ strong brand and technology position in the energy industry to further expand our solution by complementing it with world-class turbomachinery and process solutions and access to a global customer base. This is an immense opportunity and we are proud to join the Baker Hughes team.”

The acquisition further complements the existing Baker Hughes CCUS portfolio offering, which includes turbomachinery, solvent-based state of the art capture processes (CAP), well construction and management for CO2 storage, and advanced digital monitoring solutions.

The agreement includes all intellectual property, personnel and commercial agreements. ABG Sundal Collier acted as advisors to 3C.