• Feasibility study commences for CCS facility for Canadian cement plant

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      Patrick Lavery

      Combustion Industry News Editor

A collaboration between the International CCS Knowledge Centre, Lehigh Cement (a subsidiary of Heidelberg Cement Group) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has begun work on engineering design for a feasibility study for a carbon capture and storage facility at Lehigh Cement’s plant in Edmonton, Canada. In what is being claimed as a first for North America, the study will look at a facility to capture 90-95% of CO2 from the plant’s flue gas, which would amount to something like 540,000-570,000 tonnes per annum. The announcement comes shortly after the Canada Climate Plan, released by the national government, identified as an action the development of a comprehensive CCS strategy to enhance the industry in a country already pioneering in its use of capture technology. Experience gained by the International CCS Knowledge Centre at the Boundary Dam Unit 3 CCS installation will be applied to the Lehigh feasibility study, which will also include an in-depth business case analysis. The project will be of keen interest to the international cement industry.