Energy solutions company Worley has been awarded a front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract for a post-combustion carbon capture facility as part of the Humber Zero project, a £1.2bn effort to decarbonise the Immingham industrial area by 2030.

Granted by VPI Immingham (VPI), the contract will see Worley retrofitting two gas turbines and two auxiliary gas boilers with post-combustion carbon capture technology at VPI’s 1240 MW (megawatt) combined heat and power plant.

The project intends to capture up to 8m tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the area before exporting it via pipeline to be stored safely in geological formations underneath the North Sea. 

Worley will use the FEED phase to define the scope of the project, identify equipment and infrastructure needs and set out a detailed timeline for work to take place, undertaken by its UK team. 

Commenting on the project, Jonathan Briggs, Project Director for Humber Zero, VPI, said, “decarbonisation will be a critical element of the UK Government’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and CCS (carbon capture and storage) will be central to achieving those targets.” 

Humber Zero is part of the Humber Cluster Plan, a study involving several companies that aims to illustrate how the Humber region can achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2040 through the use of carbon capture and hydrogen technologies. 

Currently representing more than 40% of the UK’s industrial emissions, decarbonisation of the Humber region could play a key role in the Government’s Green Industrial Revolution 10-point plan, a scheme to remove 10 millions tonnes of the UK’s annual CO2 emissions by 2030. 

“This project is important to the decarbonisation journey of the South Humber Bank in the UK, and our global expertise in CCUS (carbon capture, utilisation, and storage) centred in the UK will help VPI achieve its vision,” said Bradley Andrew, President, Worley.