Edmonton cement plant first in North America to examine full-scale carbon capture and storage

Lehigh Cement and the International CCS Knowledge Centre have launched a feasibility study considering capture of the majority of CO2 from flue gas at the company’s Edmonton plant, with the goal to significantly reduce GHG emissions.

The study will target a 90-95% CO2 capture rate, using the foundational learnings from the Boundary Dam 3 CCS Facility in Saskatchewan, according to a statement on Thursday.

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“It is a North American first in the cement industry to examine the feasibility of full-scale CCS as a definitive solution to cut GHG emissions. The feasibility study at Lehigh’s Edmonton plant is in advanced development, positioning it to be a world’s first to implement full-scale carbon capture in the cement industry,” said the joint statement from Lehigh, the International CCS Knowledge Centre and Emissions Reduction Alberta.

If the project proceeds, the company could avoid up to 90 per cent of its current emissions of 600,000 tonnes of CO2 per year and create about 20 full-time jobs.

ERA is contributing $1.4 million for the study, which builds on completed pre-feasibility work conducted by the Knowledge Centre and Lehigh.

The objectives of the next phase include to deliver a cost estimate of Class 4 feasibility study; to secure one or more capture vendors to provide engineering design tailored to the Lehigh plant; to manage the process and engage third parties, as necessary; to complete a detailed business case; and to develop the budget for Front End Engineering study, the organizations said.

Following the completion of the feasibility study, a FEED study would provide detailed engineering design and integration to Class 3 estimate and finalize the business case for final investment decision.

Lehigh Hanson Canada region president Joerg Nixdorf said the company is part of Heidelberg Cement Group’s vision of CO2 neutral concrete by 2050 and the potential of concrete to become the most sustainable building material.  

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