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.
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.