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Saipem Canada acquires CO2 capture unit at Resolute’s Saint-Felicien mill


January 24, 2020
By P&PC Staff
Resolute's Saint-Félicien, Quebec pulp mill. Photo: © Resolute Forest Products

Italian company Saipem S.p.A. and its Canadian arm, Saipem Canada, have acquired the C02 capture unit formerly owned by CO2 Solutions at Resolute Forest Products’ Saint-Félicien, Que., pulp mill.

CO2 Solutions filed its intent to declare bankruptcy in Sept. 2019, six months after commissioning its capture unit at Resolute.

On Dec. 19, 2019, CO2 sold its portfolio of intellectual property to Saipem, which provides engineering, drilling and construction of major projects in the energy and infrastructure sectors.

The sale includes about 90 patents, granted or pending, the corporation’s trademarks, the CO2 capture unit located at the Saint-Félicien mill, and related contracts.

The capture unit will continue to operate, with Saipem Canada taking on CO2 Solutions employees to ensure a smooth transition of the R&D and operations.

Second capture unit sold

In a second transaction on Jan. 17, 2020, CO2 Solutions sold its other CO2 capture unit located in Montreal-East, Que., to chemical manufacturer Chimie Parachem, which may turn into a possible re-sale to a third party once the sale is finalized in coming months.

CO2 Solutions’ proprietary enzymatic process is a CO2 capture technology that does not use or emit toxic products.

It has been demonstrated at scale (30 tonnes/CO2 per day), validated by third parties and attained commercial status (TRL-8).

The technology was developed over the past 20 years by Canadian scientists and engineers, and was directly or indirectly supported by the governments of Canada, Quebec, Alberta, the United States and the European Union.