MRC -- Dow said its board of directors has approved the final investment decision (FID) for its Path2Zero project to build the world's "first" net-zero Scope 1 and 2 emissions integrated ethylene cracker and derivatives facility in Alberta, Canada, said the company.
The $6.5 bn project, excluding governmental incentives and subsidies, involves building a new ethylene cracker and increasing polyethylene (PE) capacity by 2 M tonnes/y, as well as retrofitting the site's existing cracker to net-zero Scope 1 and 2 emissions.
Construction will begin in 2024, with capacity additions expected to come online in phases. The first phase will start up in 2027, adding around 1.3 M tonnes/y of ethylene and PE capacity. The second phase is expected to start up in 2029, adding about 600,000 tonnes/y of capacity.
Dow earlier awarded a contract to Fluor for the front-end engineering and design, and engineering, procurement and construction management services. In order to achieve net-zero Scope 1 and 2 emissions, the project will deploy Linde's air separation and autothermal reformer technology to convert the site's cracker off-gas to hydrogen to supply the site's furnaces. In addition, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions will be captured and stored, reducing existing emissions by about 1 M tonnes/y of CO2 equivalent, while abating all emissions from the addition of the site's new capacity.
We remind, Dow has received International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) PLUS certification at its PO/PG and polyols manufacturing site in Freeport, TX, USw, said the company. An ISCC PLUS certification recognizes Dow's implementation of decoupling fossil feedstocks by using waste-sourced feedstock, following a full independent, external audit. The newly ISCC PLUS certified polyurethanes site will produce products for automotive, construction, consumer, food, fragrances, pharmaceutical and industrial markets.