Aker Solutions‘ carbon capture and storage technology gets DNV GL approval

Aker Solutions’ technology for a full-scale demonstration project in Norway to remove carbon emissions at a cement plant has been approved as qualified by DNV GL, the technical advisor to the oil and gas industry.

Gassnova, the Norwegian state’s agency for implementation of carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects, initiated the project which will apply carbon capture technology developed by Aker Solutions at Norcem’s cement plant in Brevik/Norway.

Globally, the cement industry accounts for 5-7% of total CO2 emissions from all industries and sectors. Aker Solutions’ post-combustion technology is intended to capture and liquefy 400000 metric tons per year of the released carbon dioxide at the Norcem plant. Once the technology is applied this will contribute to Norway’s target of becoming a low-emission society by 2050.

DNV GL engaged with Norcem and Aker Solutions to verify the application of DNV GL’s recommended practices DNVGL-RP-A203 “Technology Qualification” and DNVGL-RP-J201 “Qualification procedures for carbon dioxide capture technology” at the plant.

Novel elements of Aker Solutions’ carbon capture technology and potential technological risks were evaluated and mitigation identified. Documentation was reviewed to provide a better understanding of the technology and the specific application and conditions at Norcem‘s plant.

As a result of a qualification procedure review, DNV GL issued a “Statement of Qualified Technology” for Aker Solutions’ carbon capture and heat recovery technology, applicable for the conditions at Norcem’s cement plant in Brevik.

“Aker Solutions has tested its technology at Norcem Brevik for 18 months and their world-class expertise, systematic work and the promising results from the pilot testing give us confidence that realization of the full-scale capture plant will be successful,” said Per Brevik, Director Sustainability and Alternative Fuels at HeidelbergCement Northern Europe. “Based on the third-party technology qualification professionally executed by DNV GL, we trust that the project risk related to novel technology elements is low.”

The Norcem Brevik carbon capture plant forms part of one of Europe’s first industrial demonstrations of CO2 capture, transport and storage. The captured CO2 is to be transported and injected into a CO2 storage site offshore Norway, developed by the Equinor-headed Northern Lights consortium.

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