Industrial gas major Air Liquide is to advance the potential of Europe’s carbon capture and storage (CCS) value chain following its entry into a joint venture with maritime transport firm Sogestran.

Announced today (March 5th), the agreement aims to provide shipping solutions to aid with the decarbonisation of hard-to-abate sectors. 

With Air Liquide heading up the carbon management value chain with capture, aggregation, and processing, Sogestran will take advantage of newly designed shipping and barging solutions to transport liquid carbon dioxide (LCO2). 

Commenting on the partnership, Emilie Mouren-Renouard, Executive Committee member, Air Liquide, said, “This initiative complements our carbon management technologies to support our industrial customers in their decarbonisation strategies and illustrates Air Liquide’s commitment to actively contribute to the emergence of a low carbon society.” 

Having worked together on various projects in the past, the companies have also collaborated to design ships and barges that have to ability to transport LCO2. 

“This joint venture will be in a great position to offer the market solutions that will make a significant positive impact on the environment,” added Pascal Girardet, CEO, Sogestran.

Also a major supplier of medical gases, Air Liquide’s Senior Vice-President Jean-Marc de Royere will be providing the opening keynote at gasworld’s Medical Gases Virtual Event 2022 taking place this Thursday (March 7th).