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Lehigh and Enbridge collaborate on CO2 storage project

Lehigh Cement

Companies team up to advance full-scale carbon transport and storage solution in Canada

LEHIGH Cement, HeidelbergCement’s North American subsidiary, and Enbridge Inc., a leading North American energy infrastructure company, have announced a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on a carbon storage project for Lehigh’s cement plant in Edmonton, Alberta.

Lehigh are currently developing North America’s first full-scale carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCU/S) solution for the cement industry at their Canadian Edmonton cement plant, with the goal of capturing approximately 780,000 tonnes of CO2 annually. Captured emissions are to 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.

Edmonton is one of several cement plants throughout the world where HeidelbergCement are currently deploying and scaling up different technologies and solutions to substantially reduce CO2 emissions.

‘As carbon capture and storage plays a decisive role on our journey towards net-zero emissions, creating the infrastructure needed to scale up the technology is a key strategic priority for us,’ said Dr Dominik von Achten, chairman of the managing board of HeidelbergCement.

‘Strong local partnerships for smart carbon hub solutions are essential for the successful implementation of the various ambitious CCU/S initiatives within HeidelbergCement.’

The company is targeting CO2 reductions of up to 10 million tonnes with several CCU/S projects already under way by 2030.

With the support of HeidelbergCement’s subsidiary Lehigh and other partners, Enbridge will be applying to develop an open-access carbon hub west of Edmonton, Alberta. Once built, the Open Access Wabamun Carbon Hub will be among the largest integrated CCU/S projects in the world, with a combined capture potential of nearly 4 million tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.

‘Lehigh Cement’s pioneering CCU/S 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 Enbridge executive vice-president Colin Gruending.

‘This collaboration demonstrates our focus on local, cost-effective, customer-focused carbon transportation and storage solutions that drive scale and competitiveness, while minimizing infrastructure footprint to protect land, water, and the environment.’

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