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NORCEM Cement plant in Brevik, Norway

Brief description:


Country: Norway

Project type: Capture

Scale: Small

Status: Operative

Capital cost: In total 93 mill. NOK/12.5 mil EUR

Financal support:

Year of operation Research start end of 2013
Industry: Cement

Capture method: Post-combustion

Capture technology: Amine
New or retrofit: Retrofit
Transport of CO2 by: none

Type of storage: Not decided

Volume: 10 000 ton tonnes/CO2


This is a test project at one of the cement manufacturer Heidelberg's two cement factories in Norway (Norcem). The project will examine to what extent excess energy from the production of cement can be utilised for capturing CO2. The study will also establish important knowledge about individual challenges for the cement industry and evaluate how different capture technologies can be fitted to cement plants.

The cement industry is suitable for CO2 capture; it has a high concentration of CO2 and provides excess heat that can be used in the process.

Capacity: 1,050,000 tons of clinker and 1.3 million tonnes cement

Partners: Norcem, HeidelbergCement and ECRA (European Cement Research Academy)

Government support through Gassnova (Climit program): 75%
Total budget: 93 million (11.7 M €)

3.5 years from May 2013
Focus on capture. Furthermore CO2 handling is not included in the project.

4 technologies is tested:
1. Amin Technology at Aker Solutions, a mobile test unit (MTU) with capacity of 2000 t CO2 / year
2. Membrane technology by DNV GL, NTNU & Yodfat Engineers and 3. solid, absorbency at RTI. Both shall be tested at small scale infrastructure. These two projects are divided into two phases; I: Feasibility Phase & II: Execution Phase
4. Calcium Cycle (Carbonate Looping, RCC) by Alstom Power, 2nd generation technology, creating a de-risking study at Stuttgart University (Germany), 1 MW RCC test facility

In May 2013 Aker Solutions won a contract to test CCS technology on the NORCEM plant in Brevik. Aker Solutions will perform long-term testing on the actual flue gas to select optimum chemical solvent for high content CO2 flue gas. Tests will be performed with Aker Solutions' in-house developed Mobile Test Unit (MTU). The tests have been so succesful that Aker Solutions and NORCEM have decided to extend the contract and the tests throughout 2015, and further into 2016 (1st Q)

Contact information: Per Breivik, Director Alternative Fuels

Other Sources and Press Releases:

Aker Solutions to perform CCS tests on NORCEM, May 2013

CCS project in Brevik exceed all expectations, TU, Dec 2014 (in Norwegian)


News about NORCEM Cement plant in Brevik, Norway