Aker Solutions’ carbon capture technology gets approval from DNV GL

DNV GL has approved as qualified technology, for a major-scale demonstration project in Norway to get rid of carbon emissions at a cement plant. TheNorwegian state’s department for implementation of carbon capture and storage plan,Gassnova has launched the project which will implement the carbon capture technology created by Aker Solutions at Norcem’s cement plant in Brevik, Norway.

On a global scale, the cement industry accounts for 5% to 7% of overall Co2 emissions – from the whole sectors and industries. Aker Solutions’ post-combustion technology is designed to capture and dissolve 400,000 tons every year of the released carbon dioxide at the Norcem plant. Once the mechanism is implemented it will contribute to Norway’s goal of becoming a low-emission community by 2050.

DNV GL committed with Aker Solutions and Norcem to ensure the application of DNV GL’s advised practices DNVGL-RP-J201 Qualification processes and DNVGL-RP-A203 Technology Qualification for carbon dioxide capture mechanism at the plant.

Novel elements of Aker Solutions’ carbon capture technology and possible technological uncertainties were calculated and mitigation determined. The documentation was analyzed to ensure a better understanding of the technology and the particular application & conditions at the Norcem’s plant. Mr. Arve Johan Kalleklev, Regional Manager of Norway and Eurasia, DNV GL – Oil & Gas stated that: “Carbon capture, and subsequent storage, is currently the only technology that can achieve significant reductions in CO2 emissions from industrial processes. Carbon capture can play a vital part in decarbonizing our planet. DNV GL’s qualification review of Aker Solutions’ technology is a great example of how we engage to enable implementation of this crucial technology.”

As an outcome of the qualification process analysis, DNV GL released the ‘Statement of Qualified Technology’ for Aker Solutions’ carbon capture and heat recovery technology, relevant for the circumstances at the Norcem Brevik cement plant. Per Brevik, Director Sustainability and alternative fuels in HeidelbergCement Northern Europe said: “Aker Solutions have tested their technology at Norcem Brevik for 18 months. Their world-class expertise, systematic work, and promising results from pilot testing in Brevik give us confidence that realization of the full-scale capture plant will be successful. Based on the third-party technology qualification professionally executed by DNV GL, we trust that the project risk related to novel technology elements is low.”

The Norcem Brevik carbon capture plant represents part of Europe’s first industrial presentation of CO2 capture, storage, and transport. Oscar Graff, Head of CCUS in Aker Solutions stated:  “The extensive experience and systematic qualification procedures from DNV GL have been a great support for our engineers in our technology development. The procedure is an excellent tool to identify risk elements and to propose how to solve them. To get a statement of qualified technology from DNV GL, as a recognized third party, has high value for Aker Solutions and our clients.”

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