UK’s First Carbon Capture Power Station Receives Permission

Carbon Capture by SSE Thermal
Carbon Capture by SSE Thermal

SSE Thermal and Equinor’s Keadby 3 Carbon Capture Power Station in the Humber region of the UK has achieved a major milestone by becoming the first power CCS project in the country to receive planning permission. The proposed plant, located in North Lincolnshire, was granted a Development Consent Order following a recommendation from the Planning Inspectorate and a period of consultation.

Keadby 3 has the potential to generate up to 910 MW of electricity and capture up to 1.5 million tonnes of CO2 annually, which would contribute significantly towards the UK government’s 2030 target of reducing carbon emissions. The low-carbon power station, which could be operational as early as 2027, is currently in the due diligence stage of the UK government’s Cluster Sequencing Process. If successful, the project will be eligible for government support and will be able to deploy advanced carbon capture technology and connect to the CO2 and hydrogen pipelines being developed as part of the Zero Carbon Humber and East Coast Cluster initiatives.

Earlier this year, SSE Thermal and Equinor awarded a Front End Engineering Design (FEED) contract for Keadby 3 to a consortium consisting of Aker Solutions, Siemens Energy, and Altrad Babcock, with Aker Carbon Capture providing support for the carbon capture technology. In addition to Keadby 3, SSE Thermal and Equinor are also collaborating on the Peterhead Carbon Capture Power Station in Scotland and the Keadby Hydrogen Power Station, which has the potential to be the world’s first large-scale 100% hydrogen-powered power station. They are also developing the Aldbrough Hydrogen Storage facility, which could provide vital storage to balance intermittent supply and demand.

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