UK Gov appoints two northern England sites for carbon capture project

UK Gov appoints two northern England sites for carbon capture project

by Pranali Mehta

As part of the fast-track strategy to annually remove 20-30 million tons of CO2 from the heavy industry by 2030, the government of UK has reportedly chosen two sites in northern England for the impending carbon capture projects worth billions of pounds. The projects are anticipated to be completed by 2025.

Seemingly, UK ministers approved the East Coast Cluster, which seeks to gather, and store emissions generated throughout the Humber and Teesside, as well as the Liverpool Bay-based HyNet North West project, which would also manufacture low-carbon hydrogen using natural gas.

On Tuesday, UK Energy Minister, Greg Hands, told the parliament that carbon capture will be integral to meeting the country’s net zero goals and it would also be an interesting new sector to absorb the carbon that the nation continues to emit and revive the birthplaces of the very first Industrial Revolution.

The East Coast Cluster, funded by oil businesses BP and Equinor as well as energy businesses SSE and Drax, aims to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 27 million tons annually by 2030. The HyNet initiative, which is sponsored by the Italy-based oil businesses Progressive Energy and Eni, aims to cut carbon emissions by 10 million tons annually by 2030.

The proposed projects, which beat out three competitors, are first to receive government funding since politicians cancelled a £1 billion project six years ago. If they can show that they provide high return on investment to energy billpayers, they would become eligible for funding from the new £1 billion carbon capture fund.

Speculatively, a carbon capture cluster based on Scotland's east coast, which includes the Acorn carbon capture as well as storage project based in the north of Aberdeen, has also been selected as a ‘reserve cluster’ by the UK’s government. Should either of the two projects fail, the earmarked project will become eligible for funding.

The UK government has vowed to build two clusters of industrial carbon capture by the middle of the 2020s, and four by 2030, to stop global warming by helping absorb emissions from industries as well as chemical plants.

Source credit: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/19/two-north-of-england-sites-selected-uk-carbon-capture-plan

Pranali Mehta

A chemical engineer by qualification, Pranali Mehta dutifully walked down the slated path and worked in a chemical firm for a year. Her passion for writing however, pushed her into experimenting with the same as a career. With over three years of experience in content writRead more...