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© [email protected] 2024 / Viridor will now enter final negotiations with DESNZ to conclude a Waste Industrial Carbon Capture contract
viridor-runcorn-ccs-project-advances-to-next-stage
© [email protected] 2024 / Viridor will now enter final negotiations with DESNZ to conclude a Waste Industrial Carbon Capture contract

Viridor Runcorn CCS project advances to next stage

Viridor’s carbon capture and storage project at its Runcorn Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) is to advance to the next stage after agreeing a statement of principles with the UK Government’s Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ).

Viridor’s ERF facilities generate electricity from waste which cannot be easily recycled or reused. With support from the UK Government, Viridor will invest over £500 million to capture the carbon produced at the project, which is part of the HyNet industrial cluster.

The facility was shortlisted for the final stage in the Government’s industrial carbon capture sequencing process at the end of March.

The cluster unites hard-to-abate industrials with ambitious plans to decarbonise through carbon capture and hydrogen. The HyNet ecosystem will see carbon captured, transported to Liverpool Bay and then safely stored in depleted oil and gas reservoirs under the seabed.

Viridor will now enter final negotiations with DESNZ to conclude a Waste Industrial Carbon Capture contract, which could secure Government support alongside Viridor’s own investment, to make the project a reality.

This agreement unlocks the next stage of investment and development in the project, which is set to capture in excess of 900,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) a year, completely offsetting the carbon footprint of the treatment of over a million tonnes of waste per year .

There are more than 50 Energy from Waste facilities in the UK, meaning successfully getting this project off the ground in Runcorn could serve as the blueprint for decarbonising a vital sector across the whole country.

The project may also deliver up to 10% of the UK Government’s 2030 negative emissions target. Of the 900,000 tonnes of CO2  captured by the facility, half could generate negative emissions totalling around 4.5 million tonnes of CO2 in the first decade of operations.

Tim Rotheray, Chief Sustainability Officer at Viridor, said,”Today marks the next stage in this exciting and ambitious journey towards being truly Net Zero, delivered for and working alongside the communities within which we operate.”

James Eyton, Head of Carbon Capture, Usage and Storage (CCUS) for Viridor, added the CCS project will generate over 500 green industrial jobs in the UK averaged over the design and construction phase.

Then ongoing, there will be 135 full-time jobs across the operation and maintenance of the plant and in the supply chain directly supporting those operations. Together with the wider HyNet scheme the project will attract private investment of around £3bn to the local area.

“It will also decarbonise the heat and power recovered from waste, which we supply to local heavy industry, and help secure the region’s future as a leader in Carbon Capture and Storage, unlocking our Green Industrial Revolution,” he added.


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