Lafarge Canada signed a tri-partite agreement with Dimensional Energy and Svante Technologies for the construction of a synthetic hydrocarbons plant to use captured CO2 from its Richmond cement plant on 15 May 2023. The upcoming plant will convert the Richmond cement plant’s 1t/day captured CO2 emissions into 1.5 barrels/day of synthetic hydrocarbons. The producer, a subsidiary of Holcim, selected this particular solution due to the lack of CO2 transport and sequestration infrastructure in the area of British Columbia where the Richmond plant is located. The projects marks Phase 3 of the installation of Lafarge Canada and Svante’s carbon capture project at the Richmond plant.
Holcim’s Western Canada regional head of sustainability and environment, Stephanie Voysey, said “Carbon capture is an important lever in our net-zero roadmap. However, for a carbon capture project to succeed, it must be paired with permanent geologic sequestration or utilisation technology that will permanently isolate the CO2 in a specific media or product. If this pilot can be scaled to capture and use all facility emissions, it would be a first-of-its-kind project for Lafarge and advance export and global adoption of this technology.”