Air Liquide Engineering & Construction, the world engineering and construction unit of Air Liquide Group, has signed a contract with Zeeland Refinery in Vlissingen, the Netherlands, to provide carbon capture and liquefaction technology.
Air Liquide’s Cryocap FG (flue gas) technology will enable the refinery, a joint venture between TotalEnergies and Lukoil, to capture more than 90% of emissions from its two existing hydrogen production units. Under the agreement Air Liquide will provide the licence, process design package and technical services for the Cryocap FG plant, which will have the capacity to liquefy 2,400 tonnes of CO2 daily, reducing the CO2 emissions of the site by 800,000 tpa. The liquefied CO2 will be stored under the North Sea.
Unlike conventional flue gas carbon capture technology, Cryocap does not use solvents, but relies on a combination of adsorption and cryogenics. It uses electricity and can therefore run on renewables to further reduce the carbon footprint of sites on which it is installed. A Cryocap facility in Port-Jérôme, France, has been running successfully for five years.
‘Zeeland Refinery is proud to be one of the first movers in industry to take a major step in the field of CO2 emission reduction by applying carbon capture and storage. By integrating the innovative Air Liquide technology into the existing refinery scheme, Zeeland Refinery will strengthen its position in the low carbon future that lies ahead of us,’ says Nathalie De Muynck, general manager of Zeeland Refinery.