Contracting giant Saipem has signed a key agreement with compatriots Tenaris and Siad for design work on a carbon dioxide capture and utilisation (CCU) facility to be built in Dalmine, northern Italy.

The three companies have signed a memorandum of understanding to kick off the design phase of the CCU project, to be located alongside existing Tenaris facilities, Saipem said in a statement on Thursday.

“The project covers the capture of 30 tonnes of CO2 per day produced by the thermoelectric power plant installed at the Tenaris Dalmine plant,” the company said.

The CO2 captured through will be used by Siad in the food and beverage industry and for crops and water treatment, as well as in metal processing and as a refrigerant gas.

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The company’s CO2 Solutions technology is based on an “enzymatic process used for CO2 capture, (that) allows for the use of waste heat whilst avoiding the use of toxic substances used in other processes,” it noted.

The agreement is structured in various phases, the first of which will be a feasibility study, Saipem said.

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Francesco Caio, Saipem chief executive, said the “agreement with Tenaris and Siad confirms Saipem’s role in offering cutting-edge technological solutions for reducing environmental impact”.

“The participation in this project consolidates our strategy of decarbonization in industrial sectors and confirms the role of Saipem as the ideal partner for net zero,” he said.

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Michele Della Briotta the president of Tenaris Europe noted that the “project is part of Tenaris's goal to reduce by 30% its CO2 emissions by 2030”.