Heidelberg Materials has partnered with an Australian-based company to bring its plans for the United Kingdom’s first net zero cement works.
Heidelberg has signed a front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract with Sydney-based Worley and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to deliver its carbon capture plant at its Padeswood cement works.
“This is a decisive next step in our plans to install carbon capture technology at our Padeswood cement works,” Heidelberg Materials chief executive Simon Willis said.
“Once operational, it will provide net zero building materials for major projects across the country, enabling us to help decarbonise the construction industry and meet our ambition to become a net zero business.”
Heidelberg Materials estimates the facility which would capture up to 800,000 tonnes of CO2 a year and could produce evoZero carbon captured net zero cement as early as 2028.
Cement is a key component of concrete, the second most consumed material in the world after water, but its production is carbon intensive. Many of these carbon emissions come from the chemical processes involved in making cement, so the only way to remove them is by capturing them before they enter the atmosphere.
The Padeswood works are part of the HyNet North West decarbonisation cluster, which aims to create the world’s first low carbon industrial cluster through the development of a hydrogen and carbon capture and storage project.