UK’s first carbon capture cement production facility in North Wales
06 February 2024
Worley and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group have been awarded a front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract by Heidelberg Materials UK for the development of a carbon capture facility at the Padeswood cement works in North Wales.
The facility aims to capture up to 800,000 tonnes of CO2 annually, which is equivalent to taking 320,000 cars off the road.
The project will be carried out through Worley’s local teams based in London, Manchester, Aberdeen, and Glasgow, supported by their global team of carbon capture experts.
The Padeswood project has been selected as a Track 1 capture project by the UK Government and is said to be a crucial part of the HyNet industrial cluster.
The FEED project stage will assist Heidelberg Materials in obtaining UK government approval, securing a positive final investment decision and commencing the EPC stage in Q1 2025.
Simon Willis, CEO of Heidelberg Materials UK, said, “This is a decisive next step in our plans to install carbon capture technology at our Padeswood cement works. 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.”
Kenji Terasawa, CEO and Head of Engineering Solutions at MHI added, “The cement industry is ‘hard to abate’ because CO2 emissions cannot be avoided in the production process. Heidelberg Materials UK has committed to reaching net zero carbon by 2050 and will be deploying our proprietary carbon capture technology, the Advanced KM CDR ProcessTM to tackle this challenge — leading the way in the UK’s cement industry. We are proud to contribute to the effort on this commitment through the Padeswood CCS project.”