CHICAGO — Archer Daniels Midland has formed a partnership to build a pipeline to send carbon from two of its Iowa plants to Illinois, making it the third carbon capture pipeline in the works in Iowa.

ADM and Wolf Carbon Solutions US announced the joint venture in a news release Tuesday, Jan. 11, joining Summit Carbon Solutions and Navigator in the carbon pipeline business.

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The 350-mile will move carbon dioxide from ADM’s ethanol and cogeneration facilities in Clinton and Cedar Rapids to be stored permanently underground at ADM’s sequestration site in Decatur, Illinois. The pipeline will be capable of transporting 12 million tons of carbon dioxide per year and would have enough capacity to serve other customers.

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ADM’s carbon capture and sequestration site at Decatur is already operating, having stored more than 3.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide a mile and a half under the surface of the earth, the news release said.

Wolf Carbon Solutions
Wolf Carbon Solutions

Wolf Carbon Solutions US is an affiliate of Wolf Midstream, an energy infrastructure company based in Calgary, Alberta. Wolf built and operates the Alberta Carbon Trunk Line system – which captures, transports and stores carbon in western Canada. It has sent more than 2 million tons of carbon dioxide into permanent storage since it started operating in 2020.

Summit Carbon Solutions is working on a plan to send carbon from ethanol plants in Iowa and four other states to western North Dakota for underground storage. The Midwest Carbon Express pipeline would also connect to a planned fertilizer plant in Grand Forks, North Dakota, the company has announced.

The Navigator pipeline would run from Iowa to Illinois.

In 2021, Chicago-based ADM also announced plans to build a zero-emissions power plant adjacent to the company’s Decatur corn complex.

"This is an exciting opportunity for ADM to connect some of our largest processing facilities with our carbon capture capabilities, advancing our work to significantly reduce our CO2 emissions while delivering sustainable solutions for our customers," Chris Cuddy, president of carbohydrate solutions for ADM, said in an news release. "These efforts are core to our purpose, our culture and our growth, and we look forward to working with Wolf Carbon Solutions to finalize this agreement and further decarbonize our operations and our industry.”