Industrial engineering solutions specialist Worley has been awarded a contract to integrate Shell’s carbon capture technology – CANSOLV – into Phillips 66 Humber Refinery in the UK.

The early front-end engineering services will also see Worley designing necessary infrastructure to export the capture carbon dioxide (CO2) into the proposed transport and storage network. 

The project supports the government-backed initiative to decarbonise the Immingham industrial area by 2030, known as Humber Zero. 

With the project aiming to prevent up to eight million tonnes of CO2 from being released into the atmosphere, Humber Zero could play a key role in helping the UK achieve its net zero ambitions by 2050. 

Shell’s CANSOLV technology has been in operation since 2013 and has seen use in large-scale projects such as Canada’s SaskPower, where it is designed to capture up to one million tonnes per year of CO2. 

The Humber Refinery will become the first refinery in the world to reduce its carbon emissions using CANSOLV. 

“We’ve been working at the Humber Refinery for more than two decades, and we look forward to collaborating with Phillips 66 Limited and Shell on this significant project to reduce CO2 emissions at scale,” said Brad Andrews, President, Worley. 

CANSOLV is Shell’s proprietary amine technology that captures the CO2 from the flue gas, releasing it as a pure stream before being either utilised or stored. 

For the refinery, CANSOLV will capture at least 95% of the CO2 produced in its fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) process, compressing it ready for storage under the North Sea. 

Revealing that the project will help to decarbonise the more than 300 FCCs in the world, Darren Cunningham, General Manager, Humber Refinery and Lead Executive for Phillips 66 in the UK, added, “We’re looking forward to working with the Shell team, which brings a huge amount of carbon capture experience to the table, and with Worley, delivering this important project to the region.” 

The facility is expected to begin operations in 2027.