CALGARY, AB. – Cement is an important construction ingredient around the world, and as a result, cement production is a significant source of global carbon dioxide (CO2 ) emissions, making up approximately 2.4 percent of global CO2 emissions from industrial and energy sources.
Today, Enbridge said it is developing North America’s first full-scale carbon capture, utilization and storage solution for the cement industry. With the goal of capturing approximately 780,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually. Enbridge Inc., with the support of Lehigh and Capital Power Corporation, announced a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on a the carbon capture facility at Lehigh’s cement manufacturing facility in Edmonton.
Captured emissions would be transported via pipeline and permanently sequestered by Enbridge. Subject to the award of carbon sequestration rights and regulatory approvals, the project could be in service as early as 2025.
Enbridge is applying to develop an open access carbon hub in the Wabamun area, west of Edmonton, Alberta, through the Government of Alberta’s Request for Full Project Proposals process.
Enbridge Inc. is a multinational pipeline company headquartered in Calgary. It owns and operates pipelines throughout Canada and the United States, transporting crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids. Enbridge’s expansive pipeline system is the longest in North America. Its crude oil system consists of 27,500 kilometres (17,100 miles) of pipelines in Canada and the United States.
Combined, the emissions from Capital Power and Lehigh’s planned carbon capture projects represent an opportunity to avoid nearly 4 million tonnes of atmospheric CO2 emissions. Once built, the Open Access Wabamun Carbon Hub will be among the largest integrated CCUS projects in the world.
“Lehigh Cement’s pioneering CCUS project is an exciting addition to our proposed Open Access Wabamun Carbon Hub, which is poised to support the decarbonization of multiple industries, including power generation, oil and gas, and now cement,” said Colin Gruending, Enbridge Executive Vice President and President, Liquids Pipelines.
The Cement Association of Canada said, “This facility is another positive step forward supporting an end-to-end solution for carbon capture and permanent storage.”
The industry body says these types of partnerships on critical technologies like CCUS are how we will win the fight against climate change and demonstrate to Canadians and the world how our hard-to-abate industry will reach its net-zero ambition. Collaborative CCUS solutions help enable large-scale emissions reductions, across multiple industries, including cement production.
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