Expected to be operational by 2026, the facility will be able to remove up to a million tonnes of carbon emissions from various British industries
Storegga and Carbon Engineering (CE), British companies working in carbon capture have announced the beginning of a new project which can potentially remove up to a million tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere each year. The partners are considering locations in North-east Scotland, near another CCS project in Aberdeenshire which is expected to be operational by 2025. Storegga and Carbon Engineering’s project is expected to be operational a year later.
Once it is operational, this project is likely to be the first project of its kind to remove carbon emissions at such a large scale. It is hoped that the project’s successful operation can become a model of how clean infrastructure can be deployed to achieve net-zero emissions targets.
In the first half of this year, Storegga and CE conducted studies to assess the feasibility of the proposed CCS project. Following its successful conclusion, the companies have now embarked on preliminary engineering work and designing. These processes are expected to be complete by the beginning of next year. Detailed engineering work will begin in the second quarter of 2022.
Nick Cooper, chief executive of Storegga, commented: “This announcement follows our recent funding from the UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy under the Direct Air Capture and Greenhouse Gas Removal Technology Innovation Programme Award. The development of a DAC facility in the UK will put our country on the map as being at the forefront of net negative technologies and the technology will enable hard to abate sectors create plans to reach net zero emissions.”
“In recent years we’ve observed a growing recognition of the need for large-scale removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere,” said Steve Oldham, chief executive of CE. “So we’ve spent the last decade optimising a highly scalable and affordable solution for removing carbon from the air and now our focus is on global deployment to help meet the climate challenge. Our first one megaton DAC facility is underway in the US, and we’re thrilled to be working with Storegga to develop a large-scale facility in the UK – the first of its kind and size in Europe.”
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