Heidelberg awards scoping contract for Canada’s first carbon-captured cement plant

If it goes ahead, the system would capture and store a million metric tons of carbon dioxide a year at Heidelberg’s cement plant in Edmonton, Canada (Photograph courtesy of Heidelberg Materials North America)
Heidelberg Materials North America has awarded a front-end engineering design (FEED) contract for a carbon-capture system at its cement plant in Edmonton, Canada to contractor Kiewit and MHI-LCSC, part of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI).

Heidelberg said it was the latest step in a two-stage competitive procurement process for the system, which it hopes will capture and store a million metric tons of carbon dioxide a year, the annual equivalent of taking 220,000 cars off the road.

Its northwest region vice president Joerg Nixdorf said the contract represents “meaningful progress on the path to achieving a net-zero future”.

Going ahead with the system depends on finalising Canadian federal and provincial funding agreements.

Heidelberg said it expects to make a final investment decision on the carbon-capture system this year.

If it goes ahead, the Edmonton plant could be Canada’s first carbon-capture application in the cement sector.

The Canadian government signed a memorandum of understanding supporting the estimated C$1.4bn system last April.

The FEED study will be based on MHI’s proprietary “Advanced KM CDR Process”, developed jointly with Kansai Electric Power, which uses the KS-21 solvent.

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