Plans have been released for capturing and storing up to 10 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the UK Thames Estuary and south-east England.
enfinium has teamed up with the Bacton Thames Net Zero Cooperation Agreement (BTNZ), an initiative convened by Eni UK, to decarbonise industrial processes in the region. Initially it aims to capture, transport, and store six million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year, before hitting the double-digit landmark.
The BTNZ agreement has been convened with a range of supporting organisations including MVV Environment, Cory, North London Waste Authority, Cadent, Progressive Energy, Summit Energy Evolution (a Sumitomo Corporation Company), SSE Thermal, Interconnector and Fluxys. The participation of Interconnector and Fluxys reflects the potential opportunity for international transport of CO2.
enfinium, one of the largest waste-to-energy businesses in the UK, is developing a wider decarbonisation plan, which includes carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS), electrolytic hydrogen production and heat networks. enfinium Kemsley on the Thames Estuary is well-located to access the North Sea for CO2 transportation and storage.
Aker Carbon Capture signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Storegga in June, to collaborate on carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects and enable industrial emitters access to full value chain offerings in the UK.
The company is working on FEED studies for two major gas-to-power plants equipped with carbon capture in the UK: SSE Thermal and Equinor’s Keadby 3, and bp’s Net Zero Teesside, each with an annual capture capacity of up to 1.5-2 million tonnes CO2.
The UK Government has pledged to support establishing at least two low carbon CCUS clusters by the mid-2020s and a further two by 2030, which would capture 20-30MtCO2 per year.
The North Sea Transition Deal will commit to deliver investment of up to £14-16bn by 2030 in new energy technologies, of which £2-3bn is allocated to CCUS, £2-3bn to electrification and up to £10bn to hydrogen.