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Air Liquide and BASF to develop joint CCS project

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Hydrocarbon Engineering,

Air Liquide and BASF are planning to develop one of the world’s largest cross-border carbon capture and storage (CCS) value chains. The goal is to significantly reduce CO2 emissions at the industrial cluster in the Port of Antwerp, Belgium. The joint project, Kairos@C, has been selected for funding by the European Commission through its Innovation Fund, as one of the seven large-scale projects out of more than 300 applications.

Kairos@C will be jointly developed by Air Liquide and BASF at its Antwerp chemical site. By avoiding 14.2 million t of CO2 over the first 10 years of operation, it will significantly contribute to the EU’s goal of becoming climate neutral by 2050.

Besides combining CO2 capture, liquefaction, transportation and storage on a large-scale in the North Sea, the project includes several innovative technologies. Notably, for capturing the CO2 from production plants, Air Liquide will use its patented CryocapTM technology and, for drying the CO2, BASF will apply its Sorbead® solution. The project is planned to be operational in 2025.

Kairos@C is paving the way for the next phases of carbon abatement in the Port of Antwerp. The project will also be connected to shared CO2 transport and export infrastructures, including a CO2 liquefaction and export terminal, which will be built under the framework of Antwerp@C, a consortium that aims to halve CO2 emissions in the Port of Antwerp by 2030. Air Liquide and BASF are founding members of Antwerp@C.

The European Innovation Fund is one of the world’s largest programmes for promoting innovative low-carbon technologies to decarbonise Europe’s industry. Receiving this funding is an essential milestone in making a Final Investment Decision (FID) and starting the execution of this project.

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