Global consulting and engineering company Wood has announced its support for Teck Resources Limited (Teck) in the development of a new carbon capture plant.
The pilot carbon capture facility is considered to be a first-of-its-kind solution for capturing CO2 emissions from sulfide ores in the smelting process at the Teck smelter in Trail, British Columbia.
As the project is still in its detail design phase, Wood says it will pave the way for more sustainable practices to start being adopted by the steel and mining sector around the world.
Teck, which is Canada’s largest diversified natural resources and mining company, has committed to reaching net-zero emissions by 2050, and this recent step together with Wood is in alignment with its climate objectives.
In fact, the carbon capture pilot in Trail is significant for the industry at large, as the smelter and refining complex there is one of the largest integrated zinc and lead operations in the world.
The facility produces a range of specialty metals, fertilizer and chemicals used in different sectors.
With the help of the carbon capture plant, Teck will be able to evaluate both the economic and technical viability of the nascent technology for this particular industry.
Wood has decades of expertise in carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) solutions, in addition to a long history of working together with Teck and supporting the company’s operations in Trail.
Currently, Wood is collaborating with the pilot plant vendor, after having helped Teck with its procurement and having completed the pre-scoping and feasibility studies for the installation of the carbon capture facility.
“By teaming up to deliver this innovative pilot project and applying our extensive minerals, metals and CCUS expertise, we are proud to support Teck in leading the way with new industry solutions,” said Kris Homer, Vice President of Minerals and Metals at Wood.