Navigator signs LOI to supply CCUS services to Poet

By Navigator CO2 Ventures LLC | June 07, 2022

Navigator CO2 Ventures LLC announced today that they have signed a letter of intent to provide carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) services to Poet, the world's largest producer of biofuel and a global leader in sustainable bioproducts, on Navigator's Heartland Greenway system.

The agreement outlines Navigator's integrated CCUS services for approximately 5 million metric tons of Poet’s biogenic CO2 annually and establishes a collaborative path for the development of a central carbon offset marketplace and carbon use logistics platform. The system will phase in 18 of Poet’s bioprocessing facilities across Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota, and is on schedule for operational in-service in 2025.

"We recognize that now is the time to take bold action to preserve our planet for future generations," said Jeff Broin, Poet founder and CEO. "Poet has been a leader in low-carbon biofuels and CO2 capture for commercial use for decades, and this project is another significant step in utilizing bioprocessing to accelerate our path to net-zero. We choose our partners carefully, and we believe Navigator has the expertise to deliver long-term value to rural America by further positioning agricultural commodities as a viable source of low-carbon liquid fuels to power our future." 

Both parties will leverage their respective expertise – relying on the unique breadth and scale of Navigator's infrastructure development, construction, and operations and Poet’s market-leading position in CO2 distribution, marketing, and logistics management. The joint efforts will create the largest combined distribution network for high-quality, biogenic CO2.

"This agreement is a testament to two industries coming together and using their resources to pave innovative pathways toward carbon neutrality and a more sustainable future. The breadth, scale, and technical acumen of each party's platform is unmatched," said Matt Vining, CEO of Navigator. "Poet is an industry pioneer that has built a company on the pillars of safety, integrity, innovation, and being a good neighbor in the communities they call home, all of which align entirely with the culture and track record of Navigator. We look forward to this partnership with Poet as we continue to fulfill our mission to provide sustainable carbon solutions to our communities, consumers, and customers."

With the addition of Poet to the platform, Navigator's Heartland Greenway system will provide CCUS services for more than 30 industrial processors across the agriculture and food production value chains, representing over 10 million tons of annual CO2 emissions, including the two largest bioethanol producers in the United States, in addition to highly efficient single-site production facilities. Navigator's unique platform will now mobilize efforts to deliver up to 15 million tons annually of CCUS services through new pipeline laterals and parallel development of multiple storage sites.