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Carbon capture testing project to take place at Norwegian cement plant

World Cement,

Norcem, in cooperation with the European Cement Research Academy (ECRA) has awarded a contract to Aker Soluions for the study of carbon capture from flue gas. The testing will take place at Norcem Brevik in Norway in order to determine the optimum chemical solvent for high content CO2 flue gas. It will be performed with Aker Solution’s Mobile Test Unit, which is a fully-fledged CO2 capture plant including all the processes and functions found in large scale commercial plants.

The results will assist Norcem and its parent company, HeidelbergCement, with future decisions on measures to reduce emissions. It will also help to increase understanding of this technology and its full-scale use at cement plants.

The project is partially financed by the CLIMIT programme, which is managed by Gassnova in cooperation with the Research Council of Norway.

“The cement industry is a major emitter of CO2 and there is a potential to reduce emissions substantially,” said Henning Østvig, Head of Front End & Technology in Aker Solutions. “We really look forward to working with Norcem, HeidelbergCement and ECRA in this important forward-looking project.”

“HeidelbergCement and Norcem have already taken major steps in reducing the emissions of CO2 from the production of cement,” stated Per Brevik, Director Alternative Fuels at HeidelbergCement Northern Europe. “The next important step is CO2-capture. We look forward to testing the technology together with Aker Solutions.”

Adapted from press release by Louise Fordham.

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