EDMONTON, Alberta, Nov. 28, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Lehigh Cement (Lehigh) and the International CCS Knowledge Centre (Knowledge Centre) today announced a feasibility study of a commercial-scale carbon capture and storage (CCS) project as a definitive solution to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
The study targets the feasibility to capture the majority of the carbon dioxide (CO2) from the flue gas of Lehigh’s Edmonton, Alberta cement plant; significantly reducing its process and combustion GHG emissions. The study will encompass engineering designs, cost estimation (at an AACE Class 4) and a fulsome business case analysis.
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. The study will target a 90-95% CO2 capture rate, with the foundational learnings from the Boundary Dam 3 CCS Facility (BD3) – a world first in full-scale CCS (from a coal-fired power plant).
Lehigh and the Knowledge Centre will jointly conduct the study. The Knowledge Centre provides the experience-based knowledge needed to implement and optimize the operation of large-scale CCS; based on the lessons learned from both the fully-integrated BD3 and their work to reduce cost and risk through the advancement of second-generation CCS.
Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) is investing $1.4M in the feasibility study of CCS on an industrial cement facility. ERA invests the proceeds from the carbon price paid by emitters to develop and demonstrate innovative technology that reduces GHG emissions and strengthens the competitiveness of new and existing industries in Alberta.
|“We are 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. The Lehigh CCS study is a leading initiative for carbon capture in cement in Alberta and Heidelberg Cement’s commitments to lead global change for CCS in our industry.”|
|-Joerg Nixdorf, President, Lehigh Hanson Canada Region|
|“CCS is a proven and effective emission reduction technology, so it is exciting to be part of a full-scale CCS initiative that builds on learnings from the world renowned Boundary Dam 3 CCS Facility. With this study and global leaders like Lehigh, the application of CCS moves its value beyond coal into cement.”|
|-Beth Hardy, Vice-President, International CCS Knowledge Centre|
|“Once again, Alberta is ahead of the pack. Exploring CCS to reduce emissions in the cement industry is a prime example of the innovative, game-changing technology our TIER system will support. It also shows the bold leadership and entrepreneurial spirit of our industries, that continue to set an example by seeking out unique solutions and untapped technologies that can lower emissions at home and around the world.”|
|-Jason Nixon, Minister of Environment and Parks|
Objectives of Lehigh CCS Feasibility Study
Phase I - Pre-feasibility Study
Phase II - Feasibility Study
Phase III – FEED and Execution
Quick Facts & Links
CCS & Cement at Varying Scale
Cement Emission Overview
HeidelbergCement Group Global CCS and Sustainability Commitments
CCS in Alberta & Saskatchewan Links
About Lehigh Cement & HeidelbergCement Group: Since 1956, Lehigh Cement has been an innovator, partner and collaborator in advancing the cement and concrete industry, and supporting Alberta’s economy. Lehigh Cement is an affiliated company of Lehigh Hanson, the North American operation of the HeidelbergCement Group. For more info: https://www.lehighhanson.com/sites/lehigh-cement-company
HeidelbergCement is one of the world’s largest building materials companies. The core business includes aggregates, cement and ready-mixed concrete and asphalt. It has more than 3000 production sites in 60 countries on five continents. At the heart of its core environmental policies is climate change protection. The company has committed to a 30% reduction in its CO2 emissions by 2030 compared to 1990 levels. Substantial efforts to reduce corporate-wide CO2 emissions have been made through a variety of approaches including the use of alternative fuels, the reduction of clinker to cement ratio, and the investment in energy-efficient technologies and production processes. By continuing its efforts to reduce CO2 emissions, Heidelberg Cement’s plants operate closer to the theoretical limits of efficiency. However, the CO2 emitted from limestone conversion remains an unaddressed challenge. The deployment of CCS is the only viable approach available to the company to meet its 2030 GHG reduction target. For more info: https://www.heidelbergcement.com/en/responsibility
About the International CCS Knowledge Centre (Knowledge Centre): Operating since 2016 under the direction of an independent board, the Knowledge Centre was established by BHP and SaskPower with a mandate to advance the global understanding and deployment of large-scale CCS to reduce global GHG emissions. The Knowledge Centre provides the know-how to implement large-scale CCS projects as well as CCS optimization through the base learnings from both the fully-integrated Boundary Dam 3 CCS Facility and the comprehensive second-generation CCS study, known as the Shand Study. For more info: https://ccsknowledge.com/
About Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA): ERA invests the proceeds from carbon pricing paid by large final emitters to reduce GHGs and build the resilience of new and incumbent industries in Alberta. Investments help innovators develop and demonstrate Alberta-based GHG-reducing technologies that can lower emissions at home and be exported to the world. For more info: https://www.eralberta.ca/
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