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Svante selects Kiewit Engineering to develop industrial-scale carbon-capture projects

By Mary Page Bailey |

Svante, Inc. (Burnaby, B.C., Canada;) has selected Kiewit Engineering Group Inc. to provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for two DOE funded carbon capture projects. On September 1, the United States Department of Energy’s National Energy Laboratory Technology (DOE-NETL) awarded $1,500,000 in federal funding for cost-shared development to support the initial engineering analysis and advancement of the LH CO2MENT Colorado first-of-a-kind commercial project of up to 2 million tons per year of CO2; and $13,000,000 in federal funding for the cost-shared development to support the design, construction and operation of a second-of-a-kind engineering-scale carbon capture plant at Chevron’s Kern River oil field in the San Joaquin Valley, California.

The carbon-capture facilities will employ Svante’s solid sorbent technology to capture carbon directly from industrial post-combustion flue gases as a non-intrusive ‘’end-of-the-pipe’’ solution to produce pipeline-grade CO2 for safe storage.

Svante’s technology is currently being deployed in the field at pilot plant-scale by industry leaders in the energy and cement manufacturing sectors. The CO2MENT Pilot Plant Project – a partnership between LafargeHolcim and TOTAL S.A. – is building a 1 tonne per day plant in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada that will re-inject captured CO2 into concrete, while the construction and commissioning of a 30 tonne per day demonstration plant was completed in 2019 at an industrial facility in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, Canada.  The demonstration plant is currently operating with an up-stream factor of about 85% and achieving the design performance.

‘’We are very proud to become the engineering and construction partner of Svante for the deployment of this novel technology leveraging our expertise in building carbon capture plants. New technologies have the greatest probability of success when deployed with an integrated project delivery approach by organizations skilled at driving cost and schedule certainty,’’ said Jon P. Gribble, EVP Services, Kiewit Engineering Group Inc.

“We are very proud to become the engineering and construction partner of Svante for the deployment of this novel technology leveraging our expertise in building carbon capture plants. New technologies have the greatest probability of success when deployed with an integrated project delivery approach by organizations skilled at driving cost and schedule certainty,”  Jon P. Gribble, EVP Services, Kiewit Engineering Group Inc.

“With the development of new sustainable investment strategies, in combination with government policies such as the United States’ 45Q tax credit to incentivize industry and traditional project financing, the financial sector is poised to support industrial scale carbon capture that will have a meaningful impact on the climate change,” said Claude Letourneau, President and CEO of Svante.  “These projects along with the US DOE-NETL funding are an important external validation that we are becoming a significant global technology provider in the carbon capture space across a range of large-scale industrial applications like cement and blue hydrogen”.

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