Carbon Clean drives decarbonisation of shipping with design contract award for ‘hugely significant’ FlagshipONE project

Carbon capture solutions provider Carbon Clean has awarded a new contract to engineering experts KBR for the detailed design of a carbon capture plant for Orsted’s FlagshipONE project in Sweden.

Earlier this year, Carbon Clean was awarded the contract for the full design and supply of the modular plant, which will be capable of capturing 70,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year from a biomass-fired combined heat and power plant in Ornskoldsvik, Sweden.

The captured CO2 will then be combined with renewable hydrogen in the FlagshipONE plant to produce 50,000 tonnes per year of eMethanol to be used in the shipping industry.

Stating that the project is indicative of its commitment to providing sustainable energy, Jay Ibrahim, President Global Technology Solutions at KBR, adding, “We are extremely pleased to be working with Carbon Clean once again on this fantastic eMethanol project in Sweden.”

Responsible for 3% of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions, the global shipping industry has been targeted for decarbonisation by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

According to the IMO, it aims to reduce the carbon intensity of shipping by 70% and absolute emissions by 50% by 2050.

Decarbonisation is being driven by an increasingly used ‘Well-to-Wake’ approach being taken by regulators. They use it to calculate the lifecycle emissions of marine fuels, measure the GHG emissions from the fuel production process, delivery and use onboard ships.

While coastal shipping will be able to be electrified using battery power, the bulk of global long-distance shipping will need to use electrified liquid eFuels, such as eMethanol.

Set to become Europe’s largest production site for green eFuel when it begins operations in 2025, FlagshipONE will be Orsted’s first commercial-scale Power-to-X facility and is expected to help meet the increasing demand for eFuels.

Commenting on the announcement, Aniruddha Sharma, Chair and CEO of Carbon Clean, said, “I’m delighted to build on our existing strong partnership with KBR to deliver this hugely significant project.”

“CO2-based synthetic fuels represent a significant new utilisation pathway for captured CO2 and FlagshipONE is the first of many projects that we expect to deliver to meet rapidly escalating demand for these low carbon fuels.”

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