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Meet the Dallas 500: Jesse Arenivas

The CEO of energy giant Enlink Midstream talks about carbon mitigation goals, his bucket list item, and more.
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Led by Jesse Arenivas, EnLink Midstream—which posted approximately $6.686 billion in revenue in 2021—owns natural gas, natural gas liquids, crude oil, carbon capture, transportation, and sequestration midstream assets across seven states, including in North Texas’ Barnett Shale.

Today the company is growing its traditional midstream business while expanding into the energy transition industry with its new carbon capture business, which will capitalize on EnLink’s more than 4,000 miles of existing pipe in Louisiana to help decarbonize the state’s high-emissions industrial corridor. “EnLink, and the entire industry, are innovating more to move to lower-carbon-intensive products and reducing emissions,” he says.

In his 2023 Dallas 500 Q&A, Arenivas opens up about his high school football career, Enlink’s carbon mitigation goals, and more.

Education: Midland

Birthplace: The University of Texas Permian Basin (BBA)

Hobby/Passion: “I have two teenage daughters, so I spend most of my spare time chasing and supporting them across the country as they pursue their competitive soccer adventures.”

Industry Change: “The industry historically hasn’t been great about communication. I would change how we educate the public about how vital these products are to our lives and security. Almost everything you touch comes from the energy industry, but the industry can be misunderstood. There are a lot of responsible companies, like EnLink, that do everything they can to operate safely and in an environmentally friendly manner. The industry is innovating more than ever to move to lower-carbon-intensive products and reducing emissions from all industries. Investments in technologies like carbon capture, renewable power, and biofuels will help achieve carbon mitigation goals.”

Fun Fact: “I grew up in Midland, Texas, where Friday Night Lights is based. I was a sophomore on the 1988 Midland High School football team, which was the odd man out in the infamous coin toss to go to State.”

First Car: “1987 Pontiac GTA”

Bucket List: “I want to own a late 1950s-to-early-1960s Corvette.”

Future Forecast: “The world cannot reach its climate goals without substantial investment in carbon capture. EnLink’s 4,000 miles of in-the-ground pipe in Louisiana is helping us actively growing our carbon capture business in a state where there is a heavy concentration of industrial facilities coupled with favorable geologic formations for sequestration. There are some challenges to CCS, but we’re uniquely positioned to be successful and make an impact. That’s pretty exciting.”


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