Air Liquide, Borealis, Esso, TotalEnergies, and Yara have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to assess the feasibility of an industrial CO2 capture and storage (CCS) chain from their industrial plants in the Normandy region, France, to final storage in the North Sea. They plan to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 3 million tons per year by 2030. This is equivalent to the emissions of more than 1 million passenger cars. The partnership will seek funding from European, French, and Regional schemes and is open to other industrial parties.
Air Liquide, for example, contributes its expertise in CO2 capture and liquefaction technologies. Since 2015, Air Liquide has successfully implemented CryocapTM in its plant in Port Jérôme, Normandy. This proprietary CO2 capture and liquefaction technology allows to capture up to 90 % of CO2 emissions, according to the company. The process involves compressing and drying offgas from the production process and sending it to a cryogenic unit. Partial condensation and distillation techniques are then applied to separate the CO2 from other components. As a result, a pure and pressurized CO2 flow is produced by the cold box.
- Air Liquide S.A., Paris, France
- Borealis AG, Vienna, Austria
- Esso S.A.F., Paris, France
- TotalEnergies, Paris, France
- Yara International ASA, Oslo, Norway