Aluminium producer to embrace Carbon Capture at Iceland Plant

March 3, 2022
Nordural Grundartangi reportedly produces aluminum with one of the lowest CO2 footprints worldwide and with this agreement with Ocean GeoLoop, it aims to become a carbon neutral aluminum producer

Nordural Grundartangi, a subsidiary of Primary aluminum producer Century Aluminum Co., signed a letter of intent with carbon capture technology firm Ocean GeoLoop to deploy its technology at the aluminum producer’s Grundartangi plant in Iceland.

Nordural Grundartangi reportedly produces aluminum with one of the lowest CO2 footprints worldwide and with this agreement with Ocean GeoLoop, it aims to become a carbon neutral aluminum producer.

Nordural CEO Gunnar Guðlaugsson said, “We are excited at the prospect of being able to capture, use and store the CO2 that our plant emits now. We are already far ahead of the curve in terms of carbon footprint, as all our electricity is renewable, but a successful carbon capture scheme would bring us to true carbon neutrality.”

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The project aims to reduce Iceland’s CO2 emissions by approximately 10% by using Ocean GeoLoop’s carbon capture solution, which ensures that the CO2 separation is 100% clean and captures 100% of the emitted CO2. It does not require special adaptations. The process is expected to be supported by the proprietary e-Loop horizontal hydropower unit, which enables electricity production from low-quality heat sources.

Ocean GeoLoop CEO Odd-Geir Lademo added, “The end-of-pipe technology is planned to be assisted by the e-Loop, a horizontal hydropower unit, enabling electricity production utilizing the CO2 from the aluminum process resulting in a self-energized carbon capture solution at Nordural.”