In collaboration with Heidelberg Materials, the Government of Canada, and the Government of Alberta, the plant is expected to be the first full-scale CO2 capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) solution within the global cement sector. Anticipated to commence operations by late 2026, the facility will annually capture over 1 million metric tons of carbon from the Edmonton cement plant and the combined heat and power site, which is integrated with the CO2 capture process.
Rebecca Schulz, Alberta’s Minister of Environment and Protected Areas, joined Heidelberg Materials and MHI at the Edmonton cement plant for the official commencement of operations for the pilot CO2 capture system. “Alberta is widely recognized as a leader in developing CCUS technology thanks in large part to industry trailblazers like Heidelberg Materials,” she said. The province has spent billions of dollars to bring down industry emissions and will continue to support strategies for economic growth and job creation, she also said.
This project is part of Heidelberg Materials’ decarbonization strategy. The company was the first firm in the cement industry to have its targets endorsed by the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi).
The Edmonton cement facility will utilize MHI’s patent Advanced KM CDR Process™ technology using the KS-21™ solvent, which was developed jointly with The Kansai Electric Power. The site will first pilot the process by testing different fuel sources and plant operating modes.
The pilot site will allow Heidelberg Materials to validate the effectiveness of MHI’s technology on its specific flue gas. This will be part of an undergoing two-stage competitive process that will inform the final design. Once at full operation, the captured carbon will be transported through a pipeline and sequestered permanently. MHI’s will also provide remote support services for the plant through its proprietary remote monitoring system.