RICHMOND, B.C. — Lafarge Canada Inc., Svante and Total S.A. (Total) have wrapped the second phase of their Project CO2MENT, the first completely full-cycle solution to capture and reuse C02 produced at a cement plant.
The project’s goal is to capture industrial levels of CO2 emissions from a cement plant. The facility is now has the ability to capture and filter the CO2 from the flue gas, a key component for the upcoming stage of capturing CO2 flow at the Lafarge Richmond Cement facility in B.C.
“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,” said Lafarge Western Canada CEO Brad Kohl in a statement. “To continue leading change in the building materials industry means we are always looking to partner with 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 the completion of this phase.”
Claude Letourneau, president and CEO of Svante, explained developing projects like CO2MENT are critical if countries wish to make major progress on combating climate change.
“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,” said Letourneau.
Svante’s capture unit is designed to trap CO2 produced from industrial processes. The technology is now installed at the Richmond Cement Plant. Phase II now allows the cement facility to capture the CO2 contained in its cement flue gas and to reuse it for CO2-cured concrete, sequestering it permanently.
Project officials explained combining Svante’s technology with the alternative fuels used at the plant will establish the world’s first full-cycle solution to capture and reuse CO2 from a cement plant.
The third phase of the project is expected to take three years. Crews will install a liquefaction unit and develop an expansion project to further reduce emissions. The project team will also work on a business case review for further expansion across the Lafarge’s network.