Essar Oil UK to build £360m carbon capture plant at Stanlow refinery


Essar Oil UK plans to build a £360m carbon capture plant at its Stanlow refinery in line with its ambition to become a leading low carbon refinery by 2030.

Essar is investing over £1bn into a range of energy efficiency, fuel-switching, and carbon capture initiatives, as well as hydrogen and biofuels, and it aims to decarbonise its production processes significantly by 2030.

Its energy transition strategy is based on five principles: running the core Stanlow refining processes as efficiently and safely as possible; decarbonising Stanlow’s operations; building a hydrogen future through the launch of Vertex Hydrogen and as a key part of the HyNet consortium; developing green fuels (including Sustainable Aviation Fuels); and establishing the UK’s largest biofuels storage facility through Stanlow Terminals.

Kent was recently awarded a pre-FEED engineering contract to develop the facility that will take the carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted from one of Europe’s largest full-Residue Fluidised Catalytic Cracking units, located at the Stanlow refinery.

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