A US delegation of 21 leaders from business, government, and NGOs – organised by the Great Plains Institute – visited our Leilac-1 pilot plant, in Lixhe, Belgium on 7 June 2023. The visit provided a valuable opportunity to share the technology and policy solutions driving the decarbonisation of cement.
In addition to a hands-on tour and a deep dive into the Leilac technology, the visit provided an opportunity share plans for additional projects, such as Leilac-2, our demonstration plant in Hannover, Germany, and a forum for discussion on the policies, commitments and technologies that are driving the development of carbon capture, utilisation, and storage (CCUS) initiatives in the US and Europe.
The Great Plains Institute, headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is working to transform the energy system to benefit the economy and environment. It does so by bringing together disparate interests to broker consensus to create solutions that no one interest group would have come to on their own.
Meanwhile, our Leilac-2 project in Hannover continues to progress, with the procurement of long lead equipment items underway. Commencement of civil works remains subject to permitting, which has taken longer than expected and is now critical path for the project. We continue to press for a speedy resolution to permitting to minimise impact on the project timeline.