ERA invests $1.4M to explore CCS option at Lehigh Cement’s Edmonton Plant

Dec 02 2019

Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) funding of $1.4 million was awarded to study the viability of a full-scale carbon capture and storage (CSS) facility at a Lehigh Cement plant in Edmonton, Alberta.

Together, Lehigh Cement and the International CCS Knowledge Centre have partnered to conduct a feasibility study to assess the technical and economic viability of a CCS project as a solution to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the cement industry. The study targets the feasibility of capturing large amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the flue gas of the cement plant to capture most of the process and combustion GHG emissions.

“Reducing emissions in energy-intensive industries like cement requires going beyond incremental improvement to accelerating the development and market introduction of new and emerging low-carbon technologies. Emissions Reduction Alberta’s funding allows industry to learn by doing projects of the right scale, scope and effectiveness. This work will help advance the actions Alberta and the world need to meet their economic and environmental ambitions,” said Steve MacDonald, CEO of ERA.

Currently, the cement industry contributes as much as eight per cent of global GHG emissions and it’s predicted the global demand for cement is expected to increase upwards of 23 per cent by 2050.

The International CCS Knowledge Centre will also bring its expertise to Lehigh’s feasibility study. Experts from the centre were involved in designing and building SaskPower’s Boundary Dam 3 Carbon Capture Facility – the world’s first and only commercial power plant to integrate CCS technology.

“CCS is a proven and effective emission-reduction technology, so it is exciting to be part of a large-scale CCS initiative that builds on learnings from the world’s first renowned Boundary Dam 3 CCS Facility. With this study and global leaders like Lehigh, the application of CCS moves its value beyond coal into cement," said Beth Hardy, vice-president, International CCS Knowledge Centre.

Emissions Reduction Alberta
Lehigh Cement

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