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Grand opening of ground-breaking pilot

Official opening of the world’s first carbon capture pilot for smelters

On the 20.th of january the world’s first carbon capture pilot for smelters will be officially opened. The carbon capture pilot is ground-breaking and crucial for achieving the global targets for reducing CO2-emissions.

The test Unit, delivered from Aker Carbon Capture as the only one of its kind in Norway, is now connected to Elkem’s plant in Rana. The plant produces high purity ferrosilicon and Microsilica. Capture of emissions from SMA Mineral will also be tested in the Carbon capture pilot plant. SMA produces high quality Quicklime and Calcined Dolomite.

Through development and verification of new technology for carbon capture, the CO2-HUB Nord accelerates innovation and industrialisation of the CCUS value chain. Industrialisation of such technology is necessary to help meet Norways obligations under the Paris agreement and contribute to the global sustainability goals.

Collaboration is key

The pilot test is part of a larger R&D project, CO2 HUB Nord, which runs over two years and is funded by Climit Demo. The main goal of the project is to verify the technology on real industrial gases from smelters and other process industries, in order to prepare a full-scale plant for industrial carbon capture.

The carbon capture pilot testing is a collaboration between Elkem ASA, Mo Industripark AS, SMA Mineral , SINTEF, Alcoa, CELSA GROUP, Ferroglobe PLC, Norcem AS, NorFraKalk AS, Arctic Cluster Team – ACT and Aker Carbon Capture.

The CO2-hub Nord is one of several projects that contributes to achieving the goals set by the partnership of ACT.  ACT has more than 100 partners, and aim to be a driving force for sustainable transition of Norway, achieving zero emissions, zero waste, creating growth and new green jobs. The parthership includes process industry from mid- and northern Norway, together with suppliers, academia, investors and other stakeholders.

The project partnership on site during the initial phase of the pilot project

Meet the actors, decision makers and stakeholders

Would you like to meet the actors from the CO2-hub Nord project consortia and others who have opinions about this and who can accelerate the development?
The second part of the program is open for the public, and you can register for participation. After the panel debate, there will be light refreshments and opportunities to mingle. Senior managers from the industrial partners behind the pilot plant, leading research circles and other stakeholders will also participate.

Program – Part 1 (Invited guests only)

10.00 Distribution of Personal protective equipment at Vitensenter Nordland
10.30 Guided transport by bus to the Elkem Site in Mo Industrial park
11.00 Opening Ceremony

      • Welcome by Alexandra Bech Gjørv, CEO, Sintef.
      • Speaches by the state secretary Amund Vik from the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, the Mayor of Rana Municipality, CEO of Mo industrial Park, CEO of Elkem ASA and the CEO of SMA Minerals
      • Panel debate with the state secretary Amund Vik from the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, the Mayor of Rana Municipality, CEO of Mo industrial Park, CEO of Elkem ASA, CEO of SMA Minerals and the CEO of Aker Carbon Capture.
      • Carbon Capture by Vitensenter Nordland
      • Speaches by ACC CEO and project manager
      • Photo shoot

12.10 Bus transport to the MTU Site

      • Official opening of the pilot (ribbon cutting), photo shoot

12.25 Guided bus transport to the Vitensenter Nordland via the Freyr Giga Arctic and CQP Site

Program – Part 2 (Open session)

Registration here

13.00 Vitensenter Nordland: Panel debate:

      • The carbon capture pilot is ground-breaking and crucial for achieving the climate cuts that are expected. However, if we are to reach the climate targets globally, one large-scale carbon capture plant must be opened every week. How are we going to achieve that?
      • Participants: The Federation of Norwegian Industries, Zero, Gassnova, A.SPIRE, The Research Council, Industri Energi, Northern Lights, Mo Industrial Park and the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy.

Livestream: https://helgeland.live/carbon-capture-panel-debate/

1400 Press room and mingle session.

      • All speakers from the opening and panel debates will be available for interviews
        mingle session with invited guests and participants from the open session

15.00 End of program

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SMA Minerals employees are looking forward to initiating carbon capture at their plant in Mo industrial park

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