Wolf Carbon Solutions Initiates Withdrawal of Carbon Pipeline Application in Illinois

(Reuters) — Wolf Carbon Solutions has moved to withdraw its permit application in Illinois to build a carbon capture pipeline that would transport as much as 12 million tons of carbon dioxide annually to a storage site in the state, according to a company filing in the state regulatory commission docket.

Wolf is the latest carbon capture pipeline to face setbacks after Nebraska-based Navigator CO2 Ventures canceled its Heartland Greenway pipeline project in October and Iowa-based Summit Carbon Solutions had its pipeline permit applications denied in North Dakota in August and South Dakota in September.

Denver-based Wolf's pipeline is meant to capture carbon dioxide from two ethanol plants owned by Archer-Daniels-Midland (ADM) in Iowa and transport the carbon to a sequestration site managed by ADM in Decatur, Illinois.

Staff of the Illinois Commerce Commission, which would grant the pipeline permit, recommended in October that regulators deny Wolf's permit application because the company does not have a final agreement in place with ADM.

"We have made the decision to withdraw our current application, with the intent to refile in early 2024, to address the questions and concerns raised by ICC staff in their recommendation," Dean Ferguson, president of Wolf Carbon Solutions U.S., said in a statement.

The company remains committed to the project, Ferguson said.

The regulatory filing was made on Monday.

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