(Calgary, AB) Lafarge Canada Inc. (Lafarge) and Svante Inc. (Svante), and Total have reached a major milestone of Project CO2MENT, a first of its kind partnership to capture industrial levels of CO2 emissions from a cement plant. The multi-phase project aimed to have CO2 flow by the end of this month, and proudly reports the achievement of this milestone at the Lafarge Richmond Cement facility in British Columbia.
“This has been a turbulent year for business and people due to the COVID-19 pandemic with many large scale projects being put on hold, but the perseverance that the people working at the Richmond Cement plant continue to show is evident in the success of Project CO2MENT,” stated Brad Kohl, President, and CEO of Lafarge Western Canada. “To be the world leader in the building materials industry means we are always looking to partner with industrious and like-minded thought leaders such as Svante and Total. This partnership is showcasing our drive towards a net-zero future, and we are seeing this vision become a reality, right now with this project,” added Kohl.
Claude Letourneau, President & CEO of Svante, noted, “When we think about the fight against climate change, we know there has been work on energy efficiencies, renewables, but no major developments on capturing and cost-effectively using CO2 emissions from industrial sources, until now. The last piece of this problem is essential because it is the part that allows us to transition to a carbon-neutral marketplace. Our partnership with Lafarge is building a new net-zero economy, and that is a very positive message we are sending to the world – it can be done.”
The Svante capture unit, a carbon capture technology designed to trap CO2 produced from industrial processes, installed at the Richmond Cement Plant, allows the cement facility to capture the CO2 contained in its cement flue gas and to reuse it for CO2-cured concrete, thus storing it permanently. This development, coupled with the alternative fuels used at the plant, makes the world’s first full-cycle solution to capture and reuse CO2 from a cement plant. The carbon-efficient examples achieved here are leading the way to a near-zero emissions cement facility.
The technology and implementation of Project CO2MENT are transformative and have not been used in a cement plant before in the world. Future work, over the next 3 years, will include the installation of a liquefaction unit and the development of an expansion project to further reduce emissions, as well as a business case review for further expansion across the Lafarge network. Continually pushing the boundaries through innovative and sustainable solutions on the road to a circular economy deepens Lafarge’s commitment to reducing CO2 at its operations.