Aker Solutions has secured two contracts for concept study on carbon capture from Norcem and Yara in Norway.

Aker will work at Norcem’s cement product facility in Brevik and at Yara’s ammonia plant in Herøya, Norway.

The Government of Norway will fund the construction and operation of at least one of the facilities, which will be operational by 2022.

Previously, Aker carried an extensive testing through a pilot carbon capture at the factory in Brevik.

It claims that the project yielded promising results, which in turn encouraged Norcem to use a potential facility at its cement factory in Southeast Norway.

For the study at Norcem, Aker plans to design a carbon capture plant which is integrated with the cement factory. A process will convert CO2 into a liquid and stored at the plant’s storage facilities, before being shipped. The capture plant will have a capacity of 400,000 tons of CO2 per year.

For Yara’s facility, Aker will design and develop a capture plant for the reformer flue gas and will include liquefaction process. The two concept studies are expected to be completed by this September.

Aker Solutions CEO Luis Araujo said: "Perfecting carbon capture will be key to meeting global climate goals.

"The confidence placed in us by both Yara and Norcem shows we are taking a leading role in this crucial technological push."     

Aker Solutions' CCS efforts head Oscar Graff said: "Aker Solutions can now offer carbon capture plants at lower costs and with less energy demand using a new non-corrosive and environmentally-friendly solvent that has very low degradation.

"The solvent is very robust and can be used for various types of flue gases and gives minimum emissions and waste products."

Image: Aker Solutions to work on carbon capture at two plants in Norway. Photo: Courtesy of Aker Solutions.