The Norwegian Government has proposed to the Norwegian Parliament the launch of a carbon capture project at HeidelbergCement’s Norcem cement plant in Brevik, Norway.

With 400,000 tonnes of CO2 to be captured annually and transported for permanent storage, HeidelbergCement hopes to deliver the first industrial-scale CCS project at a cement production facility.

The proposition is the second to last step in the approval process for the project. As a final step, the Norwegian Parliament is expected to sign the budget until the end of 2020.

Dr Dominik von Achten, Chairman of the Managing Board of HeidelbergCement, said, “We are very pleased with the proposal of the Norwegian Government. This allows us to continue the pioneering work that we started together with our partners in Brevik.”

“The CCS project in Norway is an important cornerstone in our climate strategy. It will enable us to significantly reduce otherwise unavoidable greenhouse gas emissions related to the cement production process.”

Brevik was shortlisted by the Norwegian Government for an industrial-scale carbon capture trial back in 2018. Following that, in September 2019, a memorandum of understanding on the capture and storage of CO2 was signed by HeidelbergCement and Equinor.

Giv Brantenberg, General Manager of HeidelbergCement Northern Europe, said, “We have been developing this project since the first desktop studies in 2005 and have interacted well over many years with the Norwegian authorities and supportive partners.”

“We are proud and honoured that we may soon initiate the building of the world’s first full-scale carbon capture plant in the cement industry.”