Innovative European ‘3D’ CCS project launched

Source: press release, 28 May 2019

The “3D” project is part of Horizon 2020
The “3D” project is part of Horizon 2020 (illustration: Total)

A consortium of 11 European stakeholders including ArcelorMittal, Axens, IFP Energies nouvelles (IFPEN) and Total, have launched a project to demonstrate an innovative process for capturing COfrom industrial activities – the DMX™ project. It is part of a more comprehensive study dedicated to the development of the future European Dunkirk North Sea capture and storage cluster.

The “3D” project (for DMX™ Demonstration in Dunkirk) is part of Horizon 2020, the European Union’s research and innovation program. The project has a 19.3-million-euro budget over 4 years, including 14.8 million euros in European Union subsidies. Coordinated by IFPEN, the “3D” project brings together 10 other partners from research and industry from 6 European countries: ArcelorMittal, Axens, Total, ACP, Brevik Engineering, CMI, DTU, Gassco, RWTH and Uetikon.

The objective is threefold:

Demonstrate the effectiveness of the DMX™ process on a pilot industrial scale.

  • The pilot, designed by Axens, will be built starting in 2020 at the ArcelorMittal steelworks site in Dunkirk and will be able to capture 0.5 metric tons of CO2an hour from steelmaking gases by 2021. The DMX™ process, a patented process stemming from IFPEN’s Research and to be marketed by Axens, uses a solvent that reduces the energy consumption for capture by nearly 35% compared to the reference process. Additionally, using the heat produced on site will cut capture costs in half, to less than 30 euros per metric ton of CO2.
  • Prepare the implementation of a first industrial unit at the ArcelorMittal site in Dunkirk, which could be operational starting in 2025. It should be able to capture more than 125 metric tons of COan hour, i.e. more than one million metric tons of COa year.
  • Design the future European Dunkirk North Sea cluster, which should be able to capture, pack, transport and store 10 million metric tons of COa year and should be operational by the year 2035. This cluster will be backed up by the packing and transport infrastructures for storing COin the North Sea developed by other projects such as the Norwegian CCS research project Northern Lights that Total is already involved in.

The “3D” project’s ambition is to validate replicable technical solutions and to achieve industrial deployment of capture and storage technology around the world. It should play a major role in enabling industries with high energy consumption and COemissions, such as the steel industry, to reduce their emissions. This project is an essential lever for meeting the targets of the Paris Agreement on global warming.

“Commercial-scale pilots, such as Dunkirk’s, are vital to make carbon capture, utilisation and storage technologies more competitive, supporting the growth of low-carbon industry,” points out Marie-Noelle Semeria, Senior Vice President and Group Chief Technology Officer at Total. “Total aspires to become a major player in CCUS technologies, which are vital to achieving carbon neutrality in the second half of the century, and we are happy to be involved alongside our European partners.”