Enabling the Future of Carbon Capture and Storage

Carbon storage
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The urgent need to mitigate climate change has spurred a global transition towards sustainable energy solutions and emissions reduction technologies. Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and Carbon Sequestration have emerged as critical strategies in this fight against global warming. As a pioneer in advanced pipeline technology, Nexa Pipe is uniquely positioned to play a pivotal role in enabling the widespread adoption of CCS and Carbon Sequestration.

The Importance of Carbon Capture and Storage

Carbon Capture and Storage involves capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from industrial processes, transporting the captured CO2, and securely storing it underground in geological formations. This prevents the CO2 from entering the atmosphere and contributing to climate change. CCS is particularly important for hard-to-abate sectors like cement production, steel manufacturing, and fossil fuel power generation, where eliminating emissions is challenging. According to the International Energy Agency, CCS could deliver 15% of the cumulative emissions reductions needed by 2070 to limit global warming

1. However, achieving this requires a massive scale-up of CCS infrastructure, including CO2 transportation pipelines. This is where Nexa Pipe’s innovative solutions come into play.

Nexa Pipe’s Advanced Pipeline Technology

Nexa Pipe has developed groundbreaking composite pipe technology that outperforms conventional steel and plastic pipes in terms of strength, durability, corrosion resistance, and ease of installation. Our proprietary manufacturing process allows for the creation of continuous pipe lengths of up to 500 meters, minimizing the number of joints and potential leak points. Key features of Nexa Pipe’s technology include:

  • Inner polymer liner tailored to the transported media, providing superior chemical resistance
  • Fiberglass or carbon fiber reinforcement for exceptional strength and pressure ratings
  • Outer protective layer to withstand harsh environments and prevent damage
  • Lightweight construction for reduced transportation and installation costs
  • Ability to operate at high pressures and extreme temperatures

These attributes make Nexa Pipe’s products ideally suited for CO2 transportation in CCS projects. Our pipes can safely and reliably transport high-pressure, corrosive CO2 streams over long distances, from capture sites to storage locations. The reduced number of joints also minimizes the risk of leaks, which is critical for preventing CO2 from escaping into the atmosphere.

Enabling Cost-Effective CCS Deployment

One of the main barriers to widespread CCS adoption has been the high cost of CO2 transportation infrastructure. Conventional steel pipelines are expensive to manufacture, transport, and install, especially in remote or offshore locations. Nexa Pipe’s technology offers a cost-effective alternative that can significantly reduce the capital expenditure of CCS projects. Our lightweight pipes can be transported in coils, reducing the number of truck loads required and minimizing transportation costs. The ability to produce continuous pipe lengths of up to 500 meters also reduces the number of joints needed, simplifying installation and lowering labor costs. Additionally, our corrosion-resistant materials eliminate the need for expensive coatings or cathodic protection, further reducing project costs. By enabling more cost-effective CO2 transportation, Nexa Pipe can help accelerate the deployment of CCS projects worldwide. This is crucial for achieving the emissions reductions needed to meet global climate targets.

Repurposing Existing Pipelines for CO2 Transport

In addition to new pipeline installations, Nexa Pipe’s pipe relining technology can play a vital role in repurposing existing oil and gas pipelines for CO2 transportation. As the world transitions away from fossil fuels, many existing pipelines may become underutilized or abandoned. Rather than building entirely new CO2 transportation infrastructure, these pipelines could be relined with Nexa Pipe’s materials to enable safe and efficient CO2 transport. Our relining process involves pulling a flat tube through the existing pipeline and inflating it to form a tight-fit composite liner. This creates a “pipe within a pipe” that can withstand the high pressures and corrosive nature of CO2. Relining existing pipelines is faster and more cost-effective than building new ones, as it eliminates the need for extensive trenching and land disturbance. Repurposing existing infrastructure for CO2 transportation can significantly reduce the capital costs and environmental impact of CCS projects. It also extends the useful life of pipelines that might otherwise be decommissioned, contributing to a more sustainable and circular economy.

Supporting Carbon Sequestration Efforts

In addition to enabling CO2 transportation for CCS, Nexa Pipe’s solutions can also support Carbon Sequestration efforts. Carbon Sequestration involves capturing CO2 from the atmosphere and storing it in natural sinks like forests, soils, and oceans. This can be achieved through afforestation, reforestation, soil carbon enhancement, and other land management practices. Nexa Pipe’s products can be used to create irrigation systems that support the growth of forests and enhance soil carbon storage. Our lightweight, durable pipes are ideal for delivering water to remote areas, enabling the establishment of new forests and the restoration of degraded ecosystems. By supporting afforestation and reforestation efforts, Nexa Pipe can contribute to the removal of CO2 from the atmosphere and the mitigation of climate change.

Partnering for a Sustainable Future

Nexa Pipe is committed to collaborating with industry partners, governments, and research institutions to advance CCS and Carbon Sequestration technologies. We actively seek opportunities to participate in pilot projects and demonstrations that showcase the potential of our solutions in real-world applications. By working closely with project developers, we can tailor our products to meet the specific requirements of each CCS or Carbon Sequestration initiative. Our team of experts is dedicated to providing technical support and guidance throughout the project lifecycle, from initial design to installation and operation. We also recognize the importance of knowledge sharing and capacity building in driving the adoption of CCS and Carbon Sequestration. Nexa Pipe actively participates in industry forums, conferences, and workshops to exchange insights and best practices with other stakeholders. By fostering a collaborative ecosystem, we aim to accelerate the development and deployment of these critical climate solutions.

How Nexa Pipe could participate in Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and Carbon Sequestration:

Nexa Pipe CapabilityRelevance to CCS and Carbon Sequestration
Corrosion-resistant pipes tailored to transported mediaSafely transport corrosive CO2 streams from capture sites to storage locations
Continuous 500m pipe lengths with minimal jointsReduce risk of CO2 leaks during transportation, which is critical for preventing escape into atmosphere
Relining of existing pipelines to restore functionality and protect against corrosionRepurpose existing oil & gas pipelines for CO2 transportation, extending useful life and avoiding need to build all new infrastructure
Lightweight pipes Lower transportation and installation costs of CO2 pipeline infrastructure compared to steel
In-field manufacturing of pipes directly at installation siteReduce capital costs and speed up deployment of CO2 transportation networks
Irrigation systems using lightweight, durable pipesSupport afforestation and reforestation efforts for natural carbon sequestration

Nexa Pipe’s advanced composite pipeline technology is well-suited to enable cost-effective and reliable transportation of captured CO2 to storage sites. The corrosion resistance, minimal leak points, and ability to reline existing infrastructure help overcome key challenges in building out CCS. Nexa Pipe can also support nature-based carbon sequestration through irrigation systems for growing forests. By reducing costs and environmental impacts compared to steel pipelines, Nexa Pipe is positioned to accelerate the deployment of CCS and carbon sequestration at the scale needed to combat climate change.


The urgency of the climate crisis demands bold action and innovative solutions. Carbon Capture and Storage and Carbon Sequestration are essential tools in the fight against global warming, but their widespread adoption hinges on the availability of cost-effective, reliable CO2 transportation infrastructure. Nexa Pipe’s advanced pipeline technology is poised to revolutionize the CCS and Carbon Sequestration landscape. Our corrosion-resistant, lightweight, and durable pipes enable the safe and efficient transportation of CO2 over long distances, while our relining solutions allow for the repurposing of existing pipelines. By reducing the costs and environmental impact of CO2 transportation, Nexa Pipe is helping to make CCS and Carbon Sequestration more accessible and scalable. As a company committed to sustainability and innovation, Nexa Pipe is proud to be at the forefront of the transition to a low-carbon future. We invite industry partners, governments, and research institutions to join us in this critical endeavor. Together, we can unlock the full potential of CCS and Carbon Sequestration, and build a more sustainable world for generations to come.

References: International Energy Agency. (2020). CCUS in Clean Energy Transitions. https://www.iea.org/reports/ccus-in-clean-energy-transitions

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