Heidelberg Materials announced it will equip its Belgian Antoing cement plant with a state-of-the-art carbon capture concept. The project will aim to reduce the emissions of the plant by more than 97% which comes to around 800,000 metric tons of CO2 annually. There are no details on when the plant is expected to be operational.
The Antoing plant is a cement facility with one of the world’s best-performing kilns in terms of specific CO2 emissions. It was recently modernized and according to the company, will need no more further modifications.
The OxyCal technology it uses combines the established Oxyfuel and Amine capture tech in a hybrid unit that no longer requires an additional preheater tower. That results in a significant reduction in the need for structural steel and concrete, which considerably improves the resource efficiency of the system.
The carbon capture project is called Anthemis and Heidelberg Materials aims to seek national, regional, and EU funding to support it.
“We are excited to add yet another pioneering technology to our CCUS project portfolio, and to build on what we have already achieved in terms of research and innovation,” said Dr Dominik von Achten, Chairman of the Managing Board.
He also explained that the Antoing plant alone will be able to offer more than 15 million tonnes of carbon-free cement on the market in the first ten years of its operation – a key contribution to Belgium’s transition to net zero.