CCUS features in UK’s green industrial revolution

20 November 2020 | Muriel Cozier

‘The project aligns closely with the strategic objectives of BP, the NZT project and with the UK Government’s net zero commitment …’

The UK Government’s ten point plan for a green industrial revolution, announced earlier this week, includes making the UK a ‘world-leader in carbon capture technology.’

In setting out the ambition to remove 10 million tonnes of carbon dioxide a year by 2030, the government is investing a total of £1 billion to support the establishment of carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS) across four industrial clusters in the UK.

The Government’s plan will see CCUS operating in two industrial clusters by the middle of the 2020s, with the technology in place at a further two sites by 2030. The Government said that that its £1 billion CCUS Infrastructure Fund will provide industry with the certainty required to deploy CCUS ‘at pace and at scale.’ The Government added that the clusters will be the ‘starting point for a new carbon capture industry, which could support up to 50 000 jobs in the UK by 2030, including sizable export potential.’  Details of a revenue mechanism to bring through private sector investment, which will provide the certainty investors need, will be set out in detail during 2021.

The CCUS investment will be executed alongside a number of other initiatives which include plans to generate 5GW of low carbon hydrogen by 2030 and an acceleration of moves to introduce zero emission vehicles.

A number of companies in the UK have been developing CCUS for some time. Now BP, in collaboration with SUEZ, has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to ‘explore the feasibility of the UK’s first carbon capture and storage project from energy-from-waste.’

The agreement allows SUEZ to develop a solution to capture carbon dioxide emissions from one of four energy-from-waste facilities it operates in the Teesside area. Once captured the carbon dioxide will be supplied to the Net Zero Teesside CCUS project, which is led by BP, and will be transported and permanently stored beneath the North Sea.

Commenting on the  project with SUEZ, Andy Lane, Managing Director for Net Zero Teesside (NZT) said; ‘The project aligns closely with the strategic objectives of BP, the NZT project and with the UK Government’s net  zero commitment, and is another demonstration of our commitment  to work with local industry to help them decarbonise.’

SCI’s upcoming Beilby Medal and Lecture 2020 includes a talk from Professor Jin Xuan entitled Tailoring Future Renewable Fuel Systems for Net Zero UK.

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