Carbon capture system installed at Edmonton cement plant

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CaDCR staff writer

Heidelberg Materials has installed an MHI carbon capture system at its Edmonton plant, a step toward creating the first full-scale carbon capture utilization and storage system for the cement industry.

The new facility, which Heidelberg Materials expects to be completed by late 2026, will capture more than one million tonnes of COannually from the operation and the combined heat and power facility that is integrated with the capture process.

“Alberta is widely recognized as a leader in developing CCUS technology thanks in large part to industry trailblazers like Heidelberg Materials,” said Alberta’s Minister of Environment and Protected Areas Rebecca Schulz. “Our province has invested billions of dollars to help industry cut emissions and will continue to support practical innovations that create jobs and grow the economy. We look forward to seeing this exciting Alberta success story continue in the years ahead.”

The company is leading the decarbonization of the cement industry; and was the first company in the cement sector to have its targets endorsed by the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) in 2019.

“Today is a substantial milestone in our journey to building the world’s first full-scale carbon capture project in the cement industry,” said Joerg Nixdorf, vice-president Cement Operations, Northwest Region for Heidelberg Materials North America. “This initiative focuses the cement industry’s decarbonization efforts on the province of Alberta, and we are encouraged by this significant step to lead the sector in CCUS.”

At full operation, captured COwill be transported via pipeline and permanently captured.

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