BOC has revealed it is joining Alstom and Drax as a co-developer on the 426 MW oxy-fired carbon capture and storage (CCS) project currently under development at the Drax site in North Yorkshire, UK.

BOC was selected following a competitive process and brings technology in the field of air separation, as well as complementary plant engineering and integration capabilities from its parent, The Linde Group, that will further enhance the deliverability of the project.

The project will link into the Humber Cluster CO2 transport and offshore storage network currently under development by National Grid. The key partners in this industry initiative represent Europe’s strongest-ever industrial alliance to fast-track the commercialisation of CCS technologies.

“We are excited to be joining this key project at such a critical time for clean energy technologies and look forward to seeing the benefits to the environment and UK economy that CCS will bring”

Mike Huggon, Managing Director of BOC.

The project is a candidate for NER 300 funding from the EU, following the submission of the project by the UK DECC Office of Carbon Capture and Storage in May 2011. The developers also intend to apply for support under the forthcoming UK DECC CCS Demonstration Programme.

The completed project will demonstrate the technical and commercial viability of CCS as a competitive low-carbon technology and an important part of the post 2020 energy mix in the UK.

Stephen Burgin, Alstom’s UK Country President, and Peter Emery, Drax’s Production Director, said in a joint statement, “We are delighted to welcome BOC to the project development team and are confident that the combination of major industrial players now assembled has what’s needed to take CCS from pilot scale to full-scale operation, in what promises to be a flagship project for the UK, Europe and beyond.”

Mike Huggon, Managing Director of BOC, added, “We are excited to be joining this key project at such a critical time for clean energy technologies and look forward to seeing the benefits to the environment and UK economy that CCS will bring.”