The UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has unveiled 20 potential carbon capture and storage sites in a recently released phase 2 shortlist

The shortlist does not imply availability of funding for any of the projects but the outcome of assessment against criteria.

The 20 projects represent a range of CCUS technologies which can accelerate decarbonisation across the country, kick start the hydrogen economy and create a pathway for sustainable power supplies by 2035.

The majority of sites are in the East Coast Cluster, covering CF Fertilisers Billingham Ammonia CCS; Tees Valley Energy Recovery Facility Project (TVERF); Norsea Carbon Capture; Redcar Energy Centre; Teesside Hydrogen CO2 Capture; Humber Zero – Phillips 66 Humber Refinery; Prax Lindsey Oil Refinery Carbon Capture Project; and ZerCaL250; bpH2Teesside; H2NorthEast; and HydrogenToHumber (H2H) Saltend. To read the full list, click here.

Essar Oil, which is taking delivery of its first hydrogen-powered furnace at its Stanlow refinery today, is building a new hydrogen project and separate carbon capture project at its site in Ellesmore Port. Part of HyNet, the plant is being built by Vertex Hydrogen and targets 3.8GW of low carbon hydrogen by 2030.

Deepak Maheshwari, CEO at Essar Oil UK, said, “Our programme of major investment is decarbonising our own operations and supporting the development of low carbon economy across the North West and North Wales, creating thousands of jobs and securing the long-term future of this crucial facility.”

Industry is responsible for around 16% of the UK’s emissions with seven industrial clusters accounting for around 50% of all industrial emissions.

CCUS technologies will be critical to fighting climate change but reaching targets will require them to grow by a factor of 20 as soon as 2030, according to new McKinsey research.