Air Liquide And BASF Carbon Capture Project One Of The EU Funding Winners

Air Liquide and BASF received financial support from the European Commission’s Innovation Fund to develop the world’s largest cross-border carbon capture and storage (CCS) value chain. 

The carbon capture project is part of the seven projects recently selected to receive $1.24 billion (€1.1 billion) funding from the Commission to reduce industrial emissions and significantly contribute to the EU’s goal of becoming climate neutral by 2050.

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Air Liquide and BASF joint project is called “Kairos@C” and aims to reduce CO2 emissions at the industrial cluster in the port of Antwerp. Kairos@C will involve the development of a complete carbon capture and storage facility at BASF’s Antwerp chemical site that will avoid 14.2 million tons of CO2 over the first 10 years of operation. 

The project will initiate a crossborder CCS value chain and kick-start the Antwerp@C project, which is developing multi-modal transport infrastructure for CO2 in the port of Antwerp.

Antwerp@C is a project initiated by a consortium of seven leading chemical and energy companies – Air Liquide, Exxon, BASF, Borealis, INEOS, Fluxys, Port of Antwerp, and Total with the goal to make a significant reduction of CO2 emissions for the industrial cluster in the Port of Antwerp by 2030. 

Kairos@C carbon capture project will use the services of the Antwerp@C consortium – a multi-modal infrastructure for the transportation of CO2 to multiple permanent storage sites around the North Sea. It will optimize and integrate CO2 capture and purification from 5 different production units: 2 hydrogen plants, 2 ethylene oxide plants, and 1 ammonia plant. 

Air Liquide plans to use its patented CryocapTM technology for drying the CO2 when capturing it from the production plants. BASF will apply its Sorbead® solution with air absorbents. The project is planned to kick-start in 2025.

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