Lafarge Canada Implements Canada’s First Carbon Capture Program in Cement Manufacturing
VANCOUVER, British Columbia - November 29, 2019
Following the implementation of Project CO2MENT, Lafarge Canada has moved to the second stage of carbon capture at the Richmond Cement Plant. LafargeHolcim Head of North America, Rene Thibault, visited the facility as Phase II of the project begins. 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 remarkable 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 BC 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.