German building materials giant HeidelbergCement is to pilot carbon capture, utilisation and storage technology at its Górażdże cement plant in Poland, claiming to become the first company to do in Eastern Europe.

Through an EU-funded consortium led by Norwegian company Sintef Energi AS named Project ACCSESS, HeidelbergCement will demonstrate its post combustion capture technology at the Poland site.

Focusing on three areas, the ACCSESS project will allow HeidelbergCement to test its enzyme-based capture and separation technology in Poland, explore integration of a carbon capture unit at its Hanover plant, and examine cross-border carbon dioxide (CO2) transport.

“The tests of an enzyme-based capture unit at our Górażdże plant will deliver important insights on how we can further reduce costs in the capture process,” said Dr. Dominik von Achten, Chairman of the Managing Board, HeidelbergCement.

He added, “At the same time, it will emphasise our strategy to expand CCUS further into our Eastern European based assets.”

Project ACCSESS’ transport systems will be linked with the Norwegian storage facility Northern Lights.

The project is to last from May 2021 to April 2025 and involves 17 other partners from academia and industry.