Planned CO2 terminal of Orlen, Lafarge Cement and Air Liquide received EU funding

The marine carbon dioxide transhipment terminal – a joint venture of Orlen, Lafarge Cement and Air Liquide Polska – obtained a EUR 2.54 million grant from the European Commission for the preparation of investment design documentation and supply chain feasibility studies, Orlen announced. The construction of the terminal will be divided into two stages, the first of which is to have a capacity of 3 million tons of CO2 per year.

The planned CO2 terminal is part of the “PL-EU Interconnector” initiative, included in the list of Projects of Common Interest (PCI), which includes projects that are particularly important from the point of view of implementing the EU’s energy and climate policy. The aim of the project is to finalize the engineering and transport studies necessary to build a multimodal carbon dioxide terminal in Gdańsk. The grant of EUR 2.54 million was awarded under the Connecting Europe Program (CEF Energy PCI “Studies”) and will be used to prepare design documentation, including the implementation of Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) for the marine terminal, it was emphasized.

The construction of the terminal will be divided into two stages, the first of which is to have a capacity of 3 million tons of CO2 per year. Approximately 1 million tons of CO2 will be allocated to Orlen for the purposes of sequestering carbon dioxide from the production plant in Płock, approximately 1 million tons will be used by Lafarge Cement, and the remaining approximately 1 million tons will be made available as part of commercial services. This solution will benefit industries in which avoiding CO2 emissions is difficult for technological reasons, resulting in the inability to significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions, in particular the steel and cement sectors, it was explained.

“The expected place for the construction of the terminal is Gdańsk. According to the assumptions, carbon dioxide will be delivered to the installation from industrial plants in the central and northern parts of the country, and then transferred to ships and transported to target sequestration sites located under the seabed. Initially, carbon dioxide will be transported to the terminal by rail, but the ultimate solution is to build a pipeline transmitting CO2,” we read in the release.

Lafarge Cement plans to launch a CO2 capture installation at the Kujawy Cement Plant in 2027, which will enable a complete reduction of the carbon footprint from clinker burning.

The construction of a marine CO2 terminal is the first investment of this type in Poland and one of the first in the region. The project will allow the Orlen Group to build a leading position in carbon dioxide emission management services and will facilitate the company’s achievement of emission neutrality by 2050. The investment will contribute to the development of infrastructure for CO2 transport in Central and Eastern Europe.

Lafarge in Poland is part of the global Holcim Group – employing approx. 70,000. people in 70 countries in four segments: Cement, Concrete, Aggregates and Solutions and Products.

The Orlen Group manages refineries in Poland, the Czech Republic and Lithuania, conducts retail operations in Central Europe, mining operations in Poland, Norway, Canada and Pakistan, and is also involved in energy production, including renewable energy sources and natural gas distribution. As part of the construction of a multi-energy concern, the company finalized the acquisitions of Energa, Grupa Lotos and PGNiG. Its consolidated sales revenues reached PLN 277.56 billion in 2022. The company has been listed on the WSE since 1999; is included in the WIG20 index.

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