Lafarge Canada Uses Carbon Capture at Cement Facility - Diversified Communications

Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions, Industrial  -  May 16, 2023

Lafarge Canada Uses Carbon Capture at Cement Facility

Lafarge Canada Inc. launched a project to decarbonize its cement manufacturing facility located in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada.

The company partnered with Svante Technologies Inc. and Dimensional Energy, Inc.

In 2019, Lafarge formed an industry partnership with Svante and Total S.A., which involved the installation of Project CO₂MENT by Svante, a demonstration carbon capture plant to capture 1 ton per day (1TPD) of CO2 emissions from Lafarge’s operations at the Richmond Cement Plant.

The project started in three phases: Pre-treatment, CO2 capture, and Utilization. The demonstration allowed Svante to de-risk its carbon capture technology in a cement industrial environment, focusing the last two years on pre-treatment of the cement flue gas and increasing their efficiency of CO2 capture using its proprietary Metal Organic Framework (MOF) advanced sorbent. 

This new agreement transitions the project into phase 3, which will convert the 1TPD CO2 captured by Svante to produce approximately 1.5 barrels per day of synthetic hydrocarbons. 

Dimensional Energy’s technology will convert the CO2 with green hydrogen to syngas using their patented reactor and catalyst technology. These renewable syngas will be processed into liquid hydrocarbons with Dimensional’s proprietary integration of downstream hydrocarbon synthesis.

The synthetic hydrocarbons can be used in the production of industrial wax products and other high-value products that place previously emitted carbon in an industrial use cycle. 

“Carbon capture is an important lever in our net-zero roadmap,” said Stephanie Voysey, Head of Sustainability & Environment, Lafarge Western Canada, in a statement. “However, for a carbon capture project to succeed, it must be paired with permanent geologic sequestration or utilization technology that will permanently isolate the CO2 in a specific media or product. If this pilot can be scaled to capture and use all facility emissions, it would be a first of its kind project for Lafarge and advance export and global adoption of this technology.”


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