Britain could have the world’s first “carbon-negative” power station by the mid-2020s under plans by a trio of energy companies to capture carbon emissions in the Humber region. National Grid, Drax and Equinor said that they planned to work together on developing the country’s first carbon capture, usage and storage hub, following the recommendations of climate change chiefs. Carbon emissions from the Drax power station near Selby in North Yorkshire, which burns biomass wood pellets, could be captured and pumped out for disposal in disused gasfields in the southern North Sea. This could make the plant “carbon-negative”: trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere when growing and if this carbon is not released back into the atmosphere when the wood is burnt, then emissions are reduced overall. Carbon emissions also would be captured from industry and potentially from a new plant at or near the Drax site that would produce clean-burning hydrogen from natural gas.
Times 28th May 2019 read more »
Telegraph 28th May 2019 read more »
The Humber could become a crucible for both pioneering hydrogen production and cutting-edge carbon capture and storage technology, under a new partnership unveiled today from Drax, Equinor and National Grid Ventures. The three firms have signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to scope the potential for a large scale carbon capture usage and storage (CCUS) network and a hydrogen production facility in the Humber, in what they claim could be the UK’s “first zero carbon cluster”.
Business Green 28th May 2019 read more »
The all-party parliamentary group (APPG) has called for evidence on the “enormous potential” of carbon capture and storage (CCS). CCS is a process which captures large quantities of carbon emissions and stores them underground, stopping them from being released into the atmosphere. St Fergus gas terminal near Peterhead was highlighted by a Westminster task force as a key site to deploy CCS at scale, three years after a £1bn fund for a similar project in the region was scrapped. It is estimated region could store 75% of the UK’s CO2 emissions when coupled with carbon capture infrastructure.
Energy Voice 28th May 2019 read more »