EDMONTON, ALTA. – The government of Alberta is putting $1.4 million towards a $3-million feasibility study to examine capture and storage of emissions from the Lehigh Cement plant in Edmonton.
The project will align with the province’s new Technology Innovation and Emissions Reduction (TIER) program which is intended to help industries deploy pioneering, emissions-reducing technologies and will support research and investment in clean technology. The system takes effect on Jan 1. 2020.
Carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology captures and stores carbon dioxide emissions produced from fossil fuels in electricity generation and industrial processes.
“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,” Emissions Reduction Alberta CEO Steve MacDonald said.
“Once again, Alberta is ahead of the pack. Exploring CCS to reduce emissions in the cement industry is a prime example of the innovative, game-changing technology our TIER system will support. It also shows the bold leadership and entrepreneurial spirit of our industries, that continue to set an example by seeking out unique solutions and untapped technologies that can lower emissions at home and around the world,” provincial minister of environment and parks Jason Nixon said.
Experts from the Regina-based International CCS Knowledge Centre will lend their knowledge to the Lehigh feasibility study. The centre was involved in the design and build phases of SaskPower’s Boundary Dam 3 Carbon Capture Facility, which is the first and only commercial power plant in the world to integrate carbon capture and sequestration technology.
Lehigh Cement Edmonton estimates a capture rate of 600,000 tonnes of CO2 annually. If the project goes forward the plant could avoid up to 90 per cent of its current emissions.