Norcem awards carbon capture study contract to Aker Solutions

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Norway: Norcem, part of HeidelbergCement Group, has awarded a contract for a concept study of carbon capture at its Brevik cement plant to Aker Solutions. It previously carried out testing with a pilot capture plant at Brevik. Norcem subsequently selected Aker Solutions' technology to be used for a potential facility at the cement plant. The oil and gas engineering company has also won a carbon capture contract from Yara to run a study at its Herøya ammonia plant.

"Aker Solutions can now offer carbon capture plants at lower costs and with less energy demand using a new non-corrosive and environmentally-friendly solvent that has very low degradation," said Oscar Graff, head of carbon capture and storage (CCS) at Aker Solutions. "The solvent is very robust and can be used for various types of flue gases and gives minimum emissions and waste products."

The study for Norcem will design a carbon capture plant that's integrated with the cement factory, including a process to turn the CO2 into liquid and storage facilities that can be used before shipping. The plant will have a capacity of about 400,000t/yr of CO2. The Yara study will design and develop a capture plant for the reformer flue gas and will also include liquefaction. Both concept studies are set to be completed in September 2017.

In April 2017 Gassnova, a state-run company for carbon capture and storage, announced the start of the concept studies as part of a goal to establish a complete CCS chain, including capture, transport and permanent storage, by 2022. The concept phase will also seek to establish more accurate cost estimates. The next phase in the process will involve front-end engineering design (FEED) work until around mid-2018 before an investment decision is made by the Norwegian government in the first half of 2019.

Aker Solutions has developed and qualified an improved carbon capture technology since 2008, investing in research and development, testing and operations. The company has gathered experience through design, construction and two years of operations of an amine plant at Technology Centre Mongstad and carried out tests in the US, the UK and Norway using its mobile carbon capture pilot plant.

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