Lafarge Canada Gets Closer to Canada’s Most Carbon Efficient Cement Plant

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, December 2019 — Following the implementation of Project CO2MENT, Lafarge Canada has moved to the second stage of carbon capture at the Richmond Cement Plant. LafargeHolcim Head of North America, Rene Thibault, visited the facility as Phase II of the project begins. Flue gas from the plant’s manufacturing facility is now captured through Svante’s equipment – reducing the amount of gases released into the atmosphere.

This remarkable change is part of Lafarge’s drive to make Richmond the most carbon efficient cement plant in Canada. Along with carbon capture, the plant uses a $28-million system to use non-recyclable waste as fuel, directing it away from BC landfills.

Project CO₂MENT provides an opportunity to evaluate the potential for a new business model for supplying industrial post-combustion CO₂ to the existing CO₂ market as well as assessing the economic feasibility of newly developed CO₂ utilization technologies. ‘’Svante offers the cement industry a commercially viable way to capture large-scale CO₂ emissions from existing infrastructure at half the capital cost of traditional solutions,” said Claude Letourneau, President and CEO of Svante. “We are poised to help our customers transition to a net-neutral carbon future by making industrial-scale carbon capture a reality today.’’

The system purifies the cement flue gas by trapping its contaminants to enable an efficient and durable CO₂ capture process. Now that Phase II is underway, Phase III – a demonstration of CO₂ utilization solutions such as reinjecting it into low-carbon fuels, CO₂ concrete, and fly ash – will begin in 2020.

About Lafarge Canada

Lafarge is Canada’s largest provider of diversified and sustainable construction materials and a member of the global group, LafargeHolcim. With 6,000 employees and 400 sites across Canada, our mission is to provide construction solutions that build better cities and communities. The cities where Canadians live, work, and raise their families along with the community’s infrastructure benefit from the solutions provided by Lafarge consisting of aggregates, asphalt and paving, cement, precast concrete, ready-mix concrete and road construction.

Through LafargeHolcim’s 2030 Plan, Lafarge is committed to providing solutions using sustainable manufacturing practices and improving the environment in and around its operations. The company has a sixty year history in Canada and works continually to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, restore wetlands for native plants and animals, and identify waste materials that can be recycled and used in our operations.

About Svante

Svante offers companies in emissions-intensive industries a commercially viable way to capture large-scale CO₂ emissions from existing infrastructure, either for safe storage or to be recycled for further industrial use in a closed loop. Svante’s technology is currently being deployed in the field at pilot plant-scale by industry leaders in the energy and cement manufacturing sectors. The CO₂MENT Project – a partnership between LafargeHolcim and TOTAL S.A. – is building a 1 TPD plant in Richmond, BC that will re-inject captured CO₂ into concrete as a storage solution, while the construction of a 30 TPD demonstration plant was completed this summer at Husky Energy’s Pikes Peak South thermal project in Saskatchewan, Canada. To learn more, visit

About CO₂ Capture Project

Since CCP’s formation in 2000, it has undertaken more than 150 projects to increase understanding of the science, economics and engineering applications of carbon capture and storage. CCP works alongside specialists from industry, technology providers and academia to advance technologies, improve operational approaches and help make CCS a viable option for CO₂ mitigation in the oil and gas industry. CCP has been working closely with government organizations – including the US Department of Energy, European Commission and 60+ academic bodies and global research institutes. The members of CCP’s fourth phase are BP, Chevron and Petrobras.


Jill Truscott, Manager, Communications – WCAN
Lafarge Canada Inc.

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