Following the implementation of Project CO₂MENT, Lafarge Canada has moved to the second stage of carbon capture at its Richmond, B.C., cement plant. Flue gas from the plant’s manufacturing facility is now captured through Svante’s equipment – reducing the amount of gases released into the atmosphere.

This change is part of Lafarge’s drive to make Richmond the most carbon efficient cement plant in Canada. Along with carbon capture, the plant uses a $28-million system to use non-recyclable waste as fuel, directing it away from landfills.

Project CO₂MENT provides an opportunity to evaluate the potential for a new business model for supplying industrial post-combustion CO2 to the existing CO2 market as well as assessing the economic feasibility of newly developed CO2 utilization technologies. ‘’Svante offers the cement industry a commercially viable way to capture large-scale CO2 emissions from existing infrastructure at half the capital cost of traditional solutions,” said Claude Letourneau, president and CEO of Svante. “We are poised to help our customers transition to a net-neutral carbon future by making industrial-scale carbon capture a reality today.’’

The system purifies the cement flue gas by trapping its contaminants to enable an efficient and durable CO2-capture process. Now that Phase II is underway, Phase III – a demonstration of CO2-utilization solutions such as reinjecting it into low-carbon fuels, CO2 concrete and fly ash – will begin in 2020.

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