enfinium to invest up to £800m in CCS for carbon-negative power
With plans to be operational from 2030, the project would provide the UK with vital carbon removals, decarbonise unrecyclable waste and generate over 90 MW of baseload, homegrown carbon-negative power, according to enfinium.
The technology will be installed at enfinium’s Ferrybridge 1 and 2 facility in Knottingley, West Yorkshire.
Once operational, it would capture around 1.2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) every year, including over 600,000 tonnes of durable, high-quality carbon removals.
The Climate Change Committee’s Carbon Budgets make clear that the UK needs to deliver carbon removals to achieve a Net Zero economy, added the organisation. Around 50% of the unrecyclable waste produced by society is made up of biogenic content including organic material such as waste food, plants and paper, which has already naturally absorbed CO2 from the atmosphere.
Installing CCS technology at an energy-from-waste facility enables this CO2 to be permanently captured and stored rather than released back into the atmosphere, resulting in a net carbon removal from the atmosphere or ‘negative emissions’, said enfinium.
With CCS installed, Ferrybridge, the UK’s largest energy-from-waste site, would become one of the largest carbon removal projects in Europe, accelerate regional decarbonisation in West Yorkshire and support over 200 jobs across the supply chain during the development phase.
Mike Maudsley, CEO of enfinium, said: “To deliver a net-zero carbon economy, the UK needs to find a way to produce carbon removals, or negative emissions, at scale.
"Installing carbon capture at our Ferrybridge site would make it one of Europe’s biggest carbon removal projects. All this while decarbonising unrecyclable waste, diverting it from climate-damaging landfill, and supporting the green economy in West Yorkshire and the wider community.”
Olivia Powis, UK director of the Carbon Capture and Storage Association, commented: "enfinium's planned £800 million investment in CCS at Ferrybridge marks a critical milestone for carbon removal and clean power.
"For the UK to host one of Europe’s largest carbon removal projects, it demonstrates we are really leading the way in our journey towards a net zero future. enfinium's strategic vision has the potential to sustain and create good local jobs and transform the facility in West Yorkshire.”