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ÅF to lead carbon capture project in Norway

ÅF and Norcem has signed an agreement for a pre-project for a demonstration plant for carbon capture and storage at Norcem's cement plant in Brevik.

The project will take place from 2017 to mid 2018. The main delivery from the concept study will give a full-scale carbon capture facility cost estimate at Norcem.

ÅF will lead the concept phase and the FEED phase as Clients representative for Norcem. Aker Solutions is chosen as the supplier of carbon capture technology, Norconsult is responsible for the civil work while Norsk Energi and FLSmidth are involved in the integration between the cement plant and the carbon capture plant.

The carbon capture technology has already been tested at Norcem's plant in a smaller scale on the actual flue gas and the results look promising. The FEED will hopefully lead to the realization of a full-scale carbon capture plant at Norcem, Brevik.

“In this project ÅF provides project management, interface competence, QA/HSE/Risk, cost estimation, planning and document control. The contract between Gassnova and Norcem was signed on 4th of May, so we are pleased to announce that Norcem now have chosen ÅF as Clients representative, the Project Owner Team. ÅF is responsible for following up the civil works, the carbon capture plant and the integration between the cement plant and carbon capture plant. The pre-project is divided into two phases, concept phase and FEED, both aimed at minimizing risk around the cost estimate” says Åse Marit Hansen, project manager at ÅF.

Norcem's cement plant in Brevik is, together with Yara's ammonia plant in Porsgrunn and the waste to energy plant at Klemetsrud in Oslo, selected by the Norwegian government as potential facilities for full scale carbon capture plants. The plan is that CO₂ from one or more of these facilities will be shipped to a CO₂ storage. After that, CO₂ will be transported by pipeline to permanent storage below the seabed in the North Sea.

The Norwegian government has assigned 360 MNOK to this work in 2017. The background being that Norway must fulfill it´s requirements under the Paris Agreement. The state-owned company Gassnova is responsible for leading the work. The goal is to realize at least one full-scale demonstration plant by 2020. According to plan, one, two or three full-scale carbon capture and storage facilities will be completed in 2022.