Air Liquide and Holcim have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on a project to decarbonize Holcim’s cement production site, which is currently under development in Obourg, Belgium.
The project will use Air Liquide’s patent CryocapTM CO2 capture technology. As part of the project, the two companies have jointly applied for the European Innovation Fund framework.
For the upcoming cement production facility, which will replace an existing asset, Air Liquide’s carbon capture technology will be able to bring down emissions by as much as 1.1 million tons of carbon dioxide annually. The new partnership is part of Holcim’s investment program GO4Zero which aims to allow the building materials company to achieve CO2 neutrality in Belgium by 2030.
Air Liquide will support this goal by offering its expertise and proprietary technology in carbon capture. The industrial gases company plans to build and operate a unit of its CryocapTM Oxy technology with the aim to capture and purify up to 95% of the carbon generated from Holcim’s production unit. The captured carbon will be handled through Antwerp@C CO2 Export Hub and will then be transported, liquefied, and loaded onto carbon-carrying vessels for offshore storage permanently.
Air Liquide and Holcim plan to implement the project with the help of public EU funding.
Air Liquide’s proprietary CryocapTM technology is particularly well suited to decarbonize the cement industry,” said Pascal Vinet, Senior Vice President and Executive Committee Member of the Air Liquide Group, supervising Europe Industries. “This collaboration with Holcim illustrates our ability to work with our customers to significantly reduce their CO2 footprint and make the decarbonization of the industry a reality.”