A large-scale decarbonisation scheme has been agreed upon between carbon dioxide (CO2) capture project Acorn CCS (Acorn) and Project Cavendish – a collaboration between several energy players.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the two projects will see 700MW of energy generated in South East England decarbonised through the Acorn CO2 transport and storage system.

Acorn will help reduce carbon emissions at Project Cavendish, a low carbon hydrogen production facility based in the Thames Estuary, set to take place by early 2027. This reduction will occur through capture of CO2 emitted through hydrogen production before being stored using Acorn’s transport and storage solution.

Considered a core part of the Scottish cluster of decarbonisation projects, Acorn intends to deliver low-cost carbon capture and storage (CCS) in North-East Scotland by 2023.

The partnership will be facilitated by Europe’s largest fishing port Peterhead Port, which will support the feasibility and early design work for a dedicated CO2 handling terminal at the port by 2026.

The terminal will allow CO2 shipments to be transferred to the Acorn Transport & Storage network for permanent geological storage under the North Sea seabed.

Expressing delight at the Scottish Cluster further its support for decarbonisation in Scotland, Michael Matheson MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Transport, said, “Scotland has set world-leading stator targets to reach net-zero by 2045 and the Acorn CCS project is mission critical in achieving this by helping industrial emitters decarbonise.”

Paul Bogers, VP Hydrogen, Shell, on behalf of Project Cavendish, stated that the MoU with Acorn CCS is a ‘key step’ that enables the company to explore transportation and storage of carbon emissions to push towards the net zero target.