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Drax selects Worley for BECCS FEED study

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Drax has selected Worley to begin the front-end engineering design (FEED) work on its BECCS project at the start of next year.

The company is also planning capital investments of around £40 million (€47 million) at its power station in North Yorkshire next year on the first phase of the BECCS project. Drax may also work with Worley on the subsequent design and build phases of the project, subject to contract.

“Our investment in BECCS and the signing of this contract with Worley demonstrates Drax’s commitment to delivering a vital technology which is urgently needed to address the climate crisis,” said Will Gardiner, CEO of Drax.

“It’s no longer enough to reduce emissions – the world has got to start removing carbon from the atmosphere if we are to avert this climate crisis.

“The government’s ambition for BECCS and its backing for the East Coast Cluster further demonstrates the vital role this negative emissions technology at Drax can play in helping the UK reach its net-zero targets, as well as creating and protecting thousands of jobs and kick-starting a new green economy.”

BECCS is seen as a vital technology to tackle climate change with Drax’s project set to capture and permanently lock away at least 8 million tonnes (Mt) of CO2 annually, exceeding the UK Government’s ambition to deliver 5 Mt of negative emissions from engineered removals each year by 2030.

This announcement follows Drax’s decision in the summer to partner with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries as its technology partner. Alongside this, Drax also plans to source 80% of the construction materials and services from the UK supply chain, supporting jobs in the North of England.

Chris Ashton, CEO of Worley, commented: “As a global professional services company headquartered in Australia, we are pleased that Drax has engaged Worley in this important carbon capture project.

“Our partnership with Drax is one of the ways we’re helping our customers adapt existing assets and decarbonise industrial clusters while also supporting Worley’s strategic focus on sustainability and delivering a more sustainable world.”

Drax has already started the planning process to deploy BECCS. If successful, work could get underway as soon as 2024.