A government-backed multi-billion-pound initiative to decarbonise the Immingham industrial area in northern Lincolnshire, England, is set to be supported by Shell Catalysts & Technologies (Shell) through the appoint of its CANSOLV CO2 Carbon Capture Technology (CANSOLV).

Shell will provide CANSOLV for retrofitting at two of three gas-fired power generators at VPI Immingham Ltd (VPI Immingham)’s power station to support the capture of carbon-rich flu gas. 

Alongside Technip Energie’s capture unit and pilot plant, the technology is set to capture 95% or more of the carbon dioxide (CO2) in the emitted flu gas before it’s compressed, transported and stored in underground geological structures. 

With the project aiming to prevent up to eight million tonnes of CO2 from being released into the atmosphere, Humber Zero could play a key role in helping the UK achieve its net zero ambitions by 2050. 

“Humber Zero’s goal of decarbonising the Immingham industrial site will capture up to eight million tonnes of carbon from critical industry and make a significant contribution toward reaching that goal,” said Jonathan Briggs, VPI Project Director, Humber Zero. 

The CANSOLV technology has been in operation since 2013 and has seen use in large-scale projects such as Canada’s SaskPower, where it is designed to capture up to one million tonnes per year (Mt/y) of CO2. 

Decarbonisation of VPI Immingham’s 1.2-gigawatt combined heat and power plant could kick start a reduction in industrial CO2 emissions, in addition to providing jobs in the north of England as part of the government’s Levelling Up agenda.

The Humber Zero project will receive £12.5m of Government funding through the Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge and Humber Zero partners VPI Immingham and Philips 66 Ltd will match the figure.