(AOF) – Air Liquide and BASF plan to develop the world’s largest cross-border carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) value chain project. The objective is to significantly reduce the CO2 emissions of the industrial hub located in the port of Antwerp. The joint project “Kairos @ C” has been selected by the European Commission to receive funding through its Fund dedicated to innovation. This is one of the seven large-scale projects selected out of the more than 300 presented.
Developed jointly by Air Liquide and BASF at its Antwerp chemicals site, it avoids the emission of 14.2 million tonnes of CO2 over its first 10 years of operation. The two groups specify that the project will significantly contribute to the carbon neutrality objective set by the European Union by 2050.
Combining large-scale CO2 capture, liquefaction, transport and storage in the North Sea, Kairos @ C integrates several innovative technologies. In particular, to capture CO2 on production sites, Air Liquide will use its patented Cryocap technology while BASF will apply its CO2 sorbead drying solution. The project is expected to be operational in 2025.
Kairos @ C paves the way for the next steps in reducing carbon emissions in the port of Antwerp. The project will also be connected to shared CO2 transport and export infrastructure, including the first CO2 liquefaction and export terminal. The latter will be built as part of “Antwerp @ C”, a consortium which aims to halve CO2 emissions in the port of Antwerp by 2030. Air Liquide and BASF are founding members of Antwerp @ C.
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