3D carbon capture pilot begins in Dunkirk

It is expected to capture more than 4,000 tonnes of carbon each year

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A ‘3D’ carbon capture plant has started operations in Dunkirk, France.

It has been made possible by a consortium of TotalEnergies, ArcelorMittal, Axens and IFPEN, with a key focus on decarbonising steelmaking.

It is a pilot demonstration, set to last up to 18 months, processing steelmaking gases and separating the carbon.

The project is expected to capture more than 4,000 tonnes of carbon each year, or half a tonne of carbon an hour.

Marie-Noëlle Semeria, Chief Technology Officer at TotalEnergies, said: “We need to capture and store residual emissions. That’s why our R&D teams are working alongside our partners to develop expertise throughout the carbon capture, storage and use process.

“So, we are using existing technologies at our Zeeland refinery in the Netherlands, we are using pilots to validate the performance of technologies that are already advanced, as is the case here in Dunkirk and we are looking further ahead, in our research centres, to those that will deliver tomorrow’s breakthroughs.”