The oil and gas industry’s adaption of renewable energies quickened its pace in 2020 as producers, midstream operators, and refiners rolled out new initiatives and investments to power their operations and reduce emissions. Here’s a look at just a few. Houston-based Occidental, a longtime developer and investor of low-carbon technologies and fuels, announced this month it will design and build the world’s largest carbon capture facility in N.D. The company last Fall completed a 174-panel, 120-acre solar farm in the Permian, which now replaces all grid power and supplies all energy for Oxy’s Goldsmith oilfield operations. Tulsa-based midstream giant Williams in May announced it, too, would add solar to its natural gas transmission and processing operations in nine states. But oil refiners, in particular, have been left with little choice to accelerate their shift from fossil fuels to renewable sources. The fallout from COVID and ever-stringent emissions regulations have prompted the largest to the smallest refineries to convert feedstocks to biofuels, such as soybean oil, fats, and kitchen grease. Time to: adapt, re-think, survive.
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