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State Aid: Green light given for Norwegian CCS project in the cement industry



The Authority adopted a decision today not to raise objections to the Norwegian State's financing of the construction of a carbon capture research facility at Norcem's cement plant in Brevik, Norway. 

Norway will grant – through Gassnova – approximately NOK 70 million (EUR 9,4 million) to Norcem. 

The ultimate objective of the project is to test CO2 capture technologies for the cement industry in order to promote the use of carbon capture and storage (CCS) in this industry. 

“The Authority has already approved state aid to Norwegian CCS projects in Kårstø and Mongstad, but today's decision is the first in Europe to approve state aid to a CCS project outside the energy sector,” Ms Oda Helen Sletnes, president of the EFTA Surveillance Authority, said. 

Norcem's project in Brevik aims at reducing direct CO2 emissions from the cement industry. Cement production involves the calcinations of limestone, which is responsible for high direct CO2 emissions. 

Norcem will subcontract suitable technology suppliers, which will test their technologies at the Brevik site. The project will focus solely on the testing of a range of capture technologies and will not involve the transport and storage of CO2. While intellectual property rights from the testing will remain with the respective technology suppliers, the general know-how gained in the course of the project will be made available to other European cement providers.

A public version of today's decision will be published on the Authority's website, normally within a month.


For further information, please contact: 

Mr. Trygve Mellvang-Berg
Press & Information Officer
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 66
mob. (+32)(0)492 900 187

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