Major energy player Air Liquide will partner with Italian energy and refining company Saras to explore carbon capture and storage (CCS) solutions at Saras’ Sarroch refinery site in Sardinia.

The agreement will constitute a two-phase study which will first involve the assessment of various carbon capture solutions including the potential use of Air Liquide’s Cryocap™ technology. The next stage will examine carbon dioxide (CO2) transport and storage solutions.

Equipped with an Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) plant, the Sarroch site could see a reduction in its carbon footprint during both the refining and the electricity supply process.

Air Liquide will also look into reducing the carbon footprint of its oxygen and nitrogen production capacity on-site, aligning with the company’s Sustainable Development Objectives.

Bruno Ponson, General Manager, Air Liquide Italia stated that the agreement will ‘strengthen a partnership’ that has existed for over 30 years.

“Supporting the decarbonisation of the industry is one of the strategic pillars of the Air Liquide Group, which is committed to address the urgency of climate change and the challenge of the energy transition aiming to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050,” he added.

In addition to the CCS partnership with Air Liquide, Saras has defined a series of projects which will focus on the reduction of CO2 emissions and preparation for the energy transition.

Commenting on the partnership, Dario Scaffardi, CEO, Saras, said that the agreement is an ‘important step’ in Saras’ commitment to address the challenge of the energy transition.

Further information regarding Air Liquide’s Cryocap™ carbon capture solution can be found here.