‘World first’ carbon capture plant for smelters opens in Norway


A carbon capture pilot for smelters – billed as a ‘world first’ – has been officially inaugurated in Rana, Norway.

The Mobile Test Unit (MTU), delivered by Aker Carbon Capture, is now connected to Elkem’s plant, which produces high-purity ferrosilicon and microsilica.

The testing is a collaboration between Elkem, Mo Industripark, SMA Mineral , SINTEF, Alcoa, Celsa Group, Ferroglobe PLC, Norcem AS, NorFraKalk AS, ACT Cluster and Aker Carbon Capture.

With full-scale implementation, 1.5m tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) can be captured from their combined emissions. In a couple of months, testing will commence at SMA Mineral.

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