Cardinal Ethanol, Vault 44.01 form joint venture for CCS project

By Cardinal Ethanol LLC | January 30, 2023

Cardinal Ethanol LLC and Vault 44.01 Ltd. announced today that, through their affiliate companies, they have formed a joint venture to design, implement, and operate a carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and sequestration (CCS) project at Cardinal’s ethanol production facility near Union City, Indiana. The joint venture is structured with each party controlling an equal interest in a newly formed limited partnership named One Carbon Partnership LP.

Cardinal’s facility produces approximately 135 million gallons of ethanol per year, which generates approximately 400,000 metric tons of COas a by-product of the corn fermentation process.

One Carbon Partnership plans to construct a facility to capture the CO2 generated from the ethanol production process and safely and permanently store such emissions deep underground in a secure geologic reservoir, thereby substantially reducing the CO2 emissions from the ethanol production process. While the project is still in its early stages and subject to customary variables that could influence the project, the partnership has submitted a Class VI permit application to EPA Region 5 in support of the project and has received a completeness determination from the EPA. The partners have engaged with local landowners and communities about the potential project and are very pleased with the support they have received.

Cardinal will continue to provide high quality jobs and economic opportunity while working towards minimizing the amount of CO2 emitted into the earth’s atmosphere.

“We are committed to enhancing shareholder value through employing the latest technology in the production of clean, low carbon intensity and environmentally friendly bioethanol. Partnering with Vault 44.01 on this CCS project is another step in Cardinal Ethanol’s commitment to further lower our carbon impact and protect our environment. This partnership aligns with Cardinal Ethanol’s goals and keeps us on a path to zero emission liquid fuels,” said Jeff Painter, CEO, Cardinal ethanol, LLC.

“We are pleased to be working with the excellent team at Cardinal and are excited to have reached several important milestones in the development of this high quality, early-to-market CCS project. This project with Cardinal exemplifies our view that the lowest cost option for CCS is often to find a local solution, where that’s possible,” said Scott Rennie, CEO, Vault 44.01.