CO2 capture technology to be launched in Poland

Cement Plant

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The production of CO2 is a part and parcel of the combustion process, and the technology of capturing and storing carbon dioxide makes it possible to limit harmful emissions for the climate. Such a solution will be used in the Górazdze Cement Plant in the Opole region.

The owner of the Górazdze Cement Plant, namely HeidelbergCement company, wants to implement the project of reducing emissions, using the EU programme. A similar installation, thanks to which it is possible to capture the CO2 produced, is located in Hannover, Germany, and the solution which will be introduced in Poland will make it possible to transport the CO2 from continental Europe to the storage sites in the North Sea.

The investment is made possible by the international ACCSESS project, which has involved 18 parties and includes oil and gas companies including Equinor, Shell and TotalEnergies. The project is expected to be completed in April 2025 and has so far received €15 million in funding from the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme. According to Dr Dominik von Achten, CEO of HeidelbergCement, the new solution will provide a lot of important data regarding the efficiency of the capture process and will also help the company become a leader in the process of reducing CO2 emissions into the atmosphere.

The use of CCS technology is not the first environmentally friendly initiative from the company. This year, the Górazdze Cement Plant has decided to purchase energy generated by a photovoltaic farm belonging to the German developer ByWa r.e., concluding a PPA, i.e. a long-term power purchase agreement. The power plant, from which supplies will be made, was built without subsidies and is to be one of the largest investments of its kind in Poland. The installed capacity of the Witnica power plant will be 64.6 MW.

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