Collaborations get CCS moving around the world

13 July 2021 | Muriel Cozier

‘The cement industry can only achieve carbon neutrality by carbon capture approaches…’

INEOS Chemicals Grangemouth, INEOS FPS and Petroineos, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Acorn CCS Project, to collaborate in developing Scotland’s first carbon capture and storage system.

The investment at INEOS’s site in Grangemouth, Scotland, UK, will lead to the capture and storage of some one million tonnes of carbon dioxide each year by 2027. The partners added that there will also scope to increase capture capacity. INEOS said that the project will increase its emissions reduction in Scotland to more than 50%, compared with 2005.

The Acorn Project is based in the North East of Scotland, and is repurposing existing gas lines to take carbon dioxide directly to the Acorn storage site off the coast of Scotland. Andrew Gardner, Chairman INEOS Grangemouth said: ‘Once operational, the carbon capture and storage system will provide an essential route to permanently and safely capture and store CO2 emissions for large industrial emitters throughout Scotland, with significant positive impact for climate change and the country.’

In a separate development, China Building Materials Academy (CBMA) and the Canada-based International CCS Knowledge Centre are collaborating with the aim of advancing carbon capture technology designed specifically to see substantial emissions reduction in the global cement industry.

In the first initiative under the agreement, the partners will apply the Knowledge Centre’s model and design of a test platform on a carbon capture system that uses post combustion flue gas from a cement kiln. Through the carbon capture pilot platform, the CBMA is expected to adapt the application for potential scale-up to commercial demonstration that could be applied across all of CBMA’s cement production.  This collaboration agreement is part of a bilateral science and technology cooperation between Canada and China, known as the China-Canada Science & Technology Cooperative Action Plan.

Chairman Zhou Yuxian, Chairman of China Building Materials Group (CNBM) said: ‘The cement industry could only achieve carbon neutrality by carbon capture approaches. Deep GHG emission reduction objectives can only be achieved by adhering to the decarbonisation technology route, by applying CCS technologies to capture carbon dioxide emissions from various aspects of the production process.’

China accounts for 55% of global cement production, contributing about 1.2Gt of CO2 emissions to the country’s national greenhouse gas emissions each year.

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