Canada CO2 capture pilot to become first full-scale CCUS solution for cement industry


A project being undertaken by building materials manufacturer Heidelberg Materials (Heidelberg) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has seen the delivery and installation of a compact carbon dioxide (CO2) pilot capture system at Heidelberg’s cement plant in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Capable of capturing more than one million tonnes of CO2 annually from the plant, the facility is expected to become the first full-scale carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) solution for the cement industry globally.

As the first cement company to have its decarbonisation targets endorsed by the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) in 2019, the project aims to aid development of the 1.5C decarbonisation framework.

Calling it a ‘substantial milestone’ in the company’s journey to building the world’s first full-scale CCUS project in the cement industry, Joerg Nixdorf, Vice President Cement Operations, Northwest Region for Heidelberg, added, “This initiative focuses the cement industry’s decarbonisation efforts on the Province of Albert, and we are encouraged by this significant step to lead the sector in CCUS.”

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