Air Liquide and Dunkerque LNG's CO2 Project Gets EU Support

(P&GJ) — Air Liquide and Dunkerque LNG have announced that the European Commission has backed their D'Artagnan project, a major CO2 transportation and exportation initiative.

Part of the “Cap Décarbonation” effort, this project aims to reduce CO2 emissions by 1.5 million tonnes annually in the Dunkirk industrial basin.

The D'Artagnan project will include an Air Liquide pipeline to transport CO2 from capture sites to a new terminal in the port of Dunkirk, where it will be liquefied and shipped to permanent storage sites in the North Sea. This initiative, the first CO2 infrastructure project in France to receive EU support, has secured over 160 million euros in funding from the CEF-E (Connecting Europe Facility for Energy) program.

The project forms a crucial link in a larger value chain involving CO2 capture at sites like the Eqiom cement plant and the Lhoist lime production facility. The captured CO2 will be transported by pipelines to the new terminal, which is designed to handle 1.5 million tonnes per year, with the potential to expand to 4 million tonnes annually.

This project represents an estimated investment of over 400 million euros, with the final investment decision contingent on the signing of CO2 management and capture contracts.

Emilie Mouren-Renouard, a member of Air Liquide’s Executive Committee, highlighted the significance of this project in achieving the European Union's emissions reduction goals. Olivier Heurtin, Chairman of Dunkerque LNG, emphasized the project's importance for the competitiveness and attractiveness of the Dunkirk region.

With the support of the European Union, the D'Artagnan project is set to become a pivotal component in reducing industrial CO2 emissions in France and Europe.

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