Carbon Clean has been contracted to carry out the Front End Engineering Desgin (FEED) services for the Acorn carbon capture plant at St Fergus, Scotland, which could remove at least half of the carbon emissions set out in the UK Gov’s 10-point plan for a green industrial revolutions by 2030.

Project partners Storegga, through its wholly owned subsidiary Pale Blue Dot Energy, Shell, and Harbour Energy on Thursday (14th July) announced Carbon Clean’s involvement in the project as part of an important step forward. It is hoped that the facility will be operational by mid-2020s.

Once operational, the captured carbon dioxide (CO2), together with CO2 volumes from other emitters, will be transported and permanently stored offshore, with annual storage volumes anticipated to grow to 5-10Mt/yr of CO2 by 2030.

Commenting on the projects latest development, Nick Cooper, CEO of Storegga, said, “This contract award is an important milestone for the Acorn CCS Project. It is excellent working with a group as innovative as Carbon Clean.”

“Like us, they started as a small entrepreneurial business and have used UK Innovation Funds to create organisations that are now ready to significantly contribute to the UK energy transition.” 

“The Acorn Project has a crucial role to play in helping decarbonise our energy system. It will provide critical infrastructure at scale that will cost effectively transform carbon intensive industries across Scotland and the UK and even Europe; helping build a fairer, more resilient economy, while sustaining and creating low carbon jobs.”

By reusing existing gas pipelines, Acorn will transport the captured CO2 from the gas terminal stacks, into well-understood CO2 storage sites to establish a full chain carbon capture and storage process and a large CO2 transport and storage solution that will then be scaled to meet further demand.

It is believed that the CCS network created through the Acorn Project has the potential to be one of the largest operating CCS projects in the world, transporting and storing captured CO2 from emitters across Scotland, the UK and Europe. 

Now onboard such development, Carbon Clean will work in collaboration with Wood, a global leader in consulting and engineering across energy and the built environment, headquartered in Aberdeen, on engineering, process design and construction planning for the carbon capture process unit.

On this, Aniruddha Sharma, CEO of Carbon Clean, said, “Carbon Clean has a proven track record of delivering scalable, cost-effective carbon capture solutions; I am delighted to announce our second UK-based project of 2021. We are a British business and, we must positively contribute to the UK’s decarbonisation efforts.”

“The CO2 we are hoping to capture from the Acorn CCS Project will have a tangible impact on the UK’s transition to net zero. We look forward to getting underway with the FEED stage and working with the other consortium partners to implement novel carbon capture and storage solutions.”