• CERAWeek
  • March 18 - 22, 2024

Chris Powers


Vice President, Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage

Christopher A. “Chris” Powers, 43, is vice president, Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCUS) for Chevron New Energies (CNE), a position he assumed in October 2021. He is responsible for leading and growing Chevron’s CCUS business worldwide and is based at CNE’s headquarters in Houston, Texas. Previously, Powers served as General Manager of Strategy and Business Performance for Chevron North America Exploration and Production Company (CNAEP) since 2020. In this role, he was responsible for leading efforts to shape strategies and competitive plans for each business unit across the North America region, including the leading Permian position. Chris led the merger integration of Noble Energy’s North American assets into CNAEP. Powers’ recent leadership roles include General Manager, Maintenance & Reliability, at the Pascagoula, Mississippi Refinery, Chevron’s largest wholly owned manufacturing facility, and Area Operations Manager in Bakersfield, California, within the San Joaquin Valley upstream business unit. Previously, he served as Advisor to the Vice Chairman and EVP of Upstream, and as General Manager of CUEL, a former joint venture in Thailand. Powers began his career as a process engineer in the Chevron Energy Research and Technology Company in Bellaire, Texas. Over his 20-plus year career with Chevron, he has held business and technical leadership positions of increasing responsibility in Kazakhstan, Thailand, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. A native of Port Neches, Texas, Chris received his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering Magna Cum Laude from Rice University in Houston, Texas. He is a registered Professional Engineer. Married with three children, Powers and his family are active in the Houston community, where his children attend HISD public schools. He is a Governing Director of the Houston Symphony and is active with the Houston Energy Transition Initiative. Powers also serves as the Chevron Executive Sponsor for the Chevron – Rice University relationship and as Chair of the Rice University Department of Chemical Engineering External Advisory Board.

Sessions With Chris Powers

Wednesday, 20 March

  • 09:30am - 10:00am (CST) / 20/mar/2024 02:30 pm - 20/mar/2024 03:00 pm

    CDR/CCUS: Project delivery experiences

    Carbon Management/Decarbonization

    A major ramp up in the delivery of mega-scale Carbon Capture, Utilization and Sequestration (CCUS) and Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) projects is required to meet climate goals. Challenges to delivery of these new, large projects on time and on budget include their scale and complexity; the need to tailor project designs in many cases and permitting and regulatory requirements in various countries. On the other hand, the energy industry is used to delivering large-scale industrial projects, and it also has a track record of delivering CCUS projects. What learnings can be taken from past and ongoing projects which will help streamline future project delivery? How can the industry share best practices and knowledge to help accelerate new projects across the world?