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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries EMEA, Ltd. (MHI-EMEA), MHI’s regional headquarters for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering, Ltd. (MHIENG), a part of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group, have begun examining the feasibility of applying CO2 capture technologies at an aluminium smelting plant operated by Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba), a major aluminium producer based in Bahrain.
In regard to this project, MHI-EMEA, as the main party to the contract, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Alba regarding the feasibility of applying CO2 capture technology.
MHIENG will provide the Alba plant with the KM CDR Process™ jointly developed with Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc. (KEPCO).
When realized, it will be the world’s first application of CO2 capture technology in the aluminium industry.
As MHI Group aims to take advantage of business opportunities around the world by expanding the range of applications for CO2 capture technology, this collaboration is highly significant from the standpoint of both an application of CO2 capture technology in a new field, and enhancing MHI Group’s presence in the Middle East.
As one of the leading companies in Bahrain, Alba’s decarbonization efforts will play an important role in achieving the Kingdom’s net zero and renewable energy targets, recently announced by Bahrain’s Prime Minister, H.R.H. Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa.
MHI Group today is undertaking strategic strengthening of its energy transition business, and the development of a CO2 ecosystem is central to those initiatives.