Aker Carbon Capture to deliver five Just Catch units to Ørsted biomass plants

15 June 2023

Aker Carbon Capture is to supply five Just Catch amine-based carbon dioxide capture units
to Ørsted for the Ørsted Kalundborg Hub in Denmark. As well as the five carbon capture systems, Aker Carbon Capture will also deliver additional equipment such as liquefaction systems, and temporary CO2 storage and on-/offloading facilities, with an expected total contract value above EUR 200 million. The carbon capture facilities will be installed at Ørsted’s wood-chip-fired Asnæs power station and at the Avedøre power plant’s straw-fired boiler, providing an installed design capture capacity of 500 000 tonnes CO2/y.

This follows a 20 year contract award to Ørsted by the Danish Energy Agency (DEA) for carbon capture and storage. The funding is enabling the realisation of the first full-scale carbon capture and storage value chain in Denmark, delivered by Ørsted, Aker Carbon Capture, Microsoft and Northern Lights.

“We...see this project as a milestone for our Just Catch standardised concept, a modular and configurable offering that enables time-efficient deployment of carbon capture units to the mid-scale emitter market. We look forward to working with Ørsted and contributing to their decarbonisation journey and to Denmark’s CCUS ambitions,” said Valborg Lundegaard, Aker Carbon Capture’s chief executive officer.

“Capture and storage of biogenic CO2 is an important tool to mitigate climate change, and we look forward to initiating the work. We have established a strong partnership which will secure that we comply with the tight timeline set in the Danish tender, and at the beginning of 2026, two of our combined heat and power plants will capture and store approximately 430 000 tonnes of biogenic CO2 every year,” said Ole Thomsen, senior vice president and head of Ørsted’s bioenergy business.

“The signing of this contract represents the beginning of a groundbreaking CCUS project covering the entire value chain. This collaboration brings together key stakeholders, including government bodies, technology providers, industry leaders, and carbon credit buyers, with the aim of scaling up CCUS deployment and achieving net-zero emissions in hard-to-abate industries. Aker Carbon Capture’s standardised solutions, including Just Catch, and strategic partnerships with industry leaders such as Ørsted and Microsoft, will create significant growth opportunities in the future,” said Kristian M. Røkke, Aker Carbon Capture’s chairperson.

The collaboration established in 2021 between Aker Carbon Capture, Ørsted and Microsoft can now be seen to be achieving concrete climate action through biogenic carbon capture and storage, delivering large-scale carbon removal, the companies say.

In this landmark project, Microsoft will purchase several million tonnes of high-quality, durable carbon removal over more than ten years from the capture and storage of biogenic carbon from Ørsted’s project. This represents one of the world’s largest carbon removal offtake agreements by volume to date.

The project is subject to signing of the funding contract by Ørsted and the DEA, which completes the funding tender procedure.

Aker Carbon Capture’s first commercial scale Just Catch unit, capacity 100 000 t CO2 per year, is currently being installed at Twence’s Hengelo waste to energy facility in the Netherlands and is expected to be in operation by the end of 2023.

Aker Just Catch unit

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