A new ‘3D’ pilot designed to capture carbon dioxide (CO2) from industrial activities at ArcelorMittal’s Dunkirk site has begun operations as of today (22nd March).

Funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme, the new project – which aims to decarbonise hard-to-abate sectors such as steelmaking – will work towards validating replicable technical solutions for carbon capture. 

This includes the verification of the DMX carbon capture process developed by IFP Energies Nouvelles (IFPEN) – a member of the consortium driving the project. 

The pilot

The pilot

Having been announced in 2019, the pilot’s main module delivery and assembly took place last December at ArcelorMittal’s Dunkirk site and – with connection to the plant complete – the unit is now ready for start-up. 

Calling it a ‘big step’ towards decarbonising the industry, Marie-Noelle Semeria, CTO, TotalEnergies, a member of the consortium, added that although being tested in steelmaking, the pilot can be applied to refining processes. 

“We need to capture and store residual emissions: that’s why our R&D teams are working alongside our partners to develop expertise throughout the CO2 capture, storage and use process,” she added. 

During the demonstration stage, the pilot will capture 0.5 tonnes of CO2 an hour, equating to more than 4,000 tonnes per year. 

The €14.7m EU-funded project is considered by the consortium as a ‘vital driver’ for reaching Paris Agreement targets and includes twelve partners from research and industry in six European countries.