EU backs Heidelberg Materials Bulgarian CCUS project


Bulgaria – The ground-breaking CCUS project ANRAV from Heidelberg Materials was given official approval in Brussels under the EU Innovation Fund Grant Agreement.

As the first complete CCUS project in Eastern Europe, ANRAV will eventually cover every stage from CO2 capture to CO2 reuse, including transport and geological storage. Heidelberg Materials and PetroCeltic will receive support from the EU Innovation Fund, one of the largest funding programs in the world for cutting-edge low-carbon technology, in the amount of about €190 million, in addition to the partners’ sizable individual contributions.

Storage under Black Sea

Through a pipeline system, ANRAV will connect carbon capture facilities at the Devnya Cement facility in Bulgaria, a subsidiary of Heidelberg Materials, with offshore permanent storage under the Black Sea that was created and will be run by the partner PetroCeltic.

The project will have a capture capacity of roughly 800,000 t CO2 per year and is anticipated to be operational as early as 2028. HeidelbergCement is pursuing a steady investment approach based on research collaboration with various partners in order to gain expertise with a variety of carbon capture technologies and advance them to maturity. By 2030, the corporation will have collectively saved 10 million tonnes of CO2 through the CCUS projects that have already been started.