Mitsubishi Heavy Industries EMEA, Ltd. (MHI-EMEA) have begun examining the feasibility of applying CO2 capture technologies at an aluminium smelting plant operated by Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba).

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 realised, 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.

A signing ceremony was held on January 19, 2022. Attending for Alba was Chairman Shaikh Daij bin Salman bin Daij Al Khalifa, CEO Ali Al Baqali, and Chief Power Officer Amin Sultan, with MHI-EMEA represented by CEO Kentaro Hosomi.

“Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) matters are fronting everything we do in Alba. This MOU will play a fundamental role as we want to be accelerators and embed sustainability considerations in our operations to be more environmentally responsible and inclusive. We are also pleased to partner with MHI Group — a proven leader in carbon capture technology — as we chart our journey in our race to decarbonisation.”

Alba Chairman Shaikh Daij bin Salman bin Daij Al Khalifa

MHI-EMEA CEO Kentaro Hosomi, commenting on the conclusion of the MOU, said: “As a market leader in decarbonisation technology such as carbon capture, storage and utilisation (CCUS), MHI Group is proud to support Alba and the Kingdom of Bahrain in reaching their ambitious sustainability goals. It is partnerships such as this that enable the industry to move quickly on the way to carbon neutrality.”

As one of the leading companies in Bahrain, Alba’s decarbonisation efforts will play an important role in achieving the Kingdom’s net sero 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. CCUS is garnering attention as an effective means for realising a carbon neutral society. MHIENG, key players in MHI’s energy transition strategy, by promoting broad adoption of high-performance CO2 capture technology worldwide, will contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions on a global scale, part of MHI’s ongoing commitment to help protect the global environment.

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