SUEZ and bp have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to explore the feasibility of the UK’s first carbon capture and storage project from energy-from-waste (EfW).
The Net Zero Teesside Carbon Capture, Utilisation, and Storage (CCUS) project plans to capture up to 10 million tonnes of CO2 emissions, the equivalent to the annual energy use of over 3 million UK homes.
The agreement paves the way for SUEZ to develop a solution to capture the CO2 emissions from one of four EfW facilities it operates in the Teesside area. Once captured, the CO2 will be supplied to the bp-led Net Zero Teesside CCUS project, to be transported and permanently stored in a geographical storage site in the North Sea.
The SUEZ Group will harness its combined expertise in EfW and CO2 separation systems to develop a solvent-based modular system to capture CO2 from EfW flue gas emissions.
The commercial-scale demonstration carbon capture plant is planned to be developed at the firm’s Tees Valley (Lines 1 and 2) facility at Haverton Hill on Teesside. The project is expected to remove 90% of fossil and biogenic CO2 emissions from the EfW plant, leading it to become carbon-negative.
Ana Giros, executive vice-president of SUEZ, said: “We’re proud to be working with bp and Net Zero Teesside on this project that would be the first of its kind in the UK.
“The MoU illustrates the group’s ability to implement a true collaborative innovation approach with our clients and to take concrete action contributing to reduce their carbon footprints.
“SUEZ is once again demonstrating its commitment to support its major industrial customers in their transformation strategy to face challenges of energy consumption and climate change.
“The group has positioned waste-to-energy as one of the pillars of its development and continues to accelerate its strategic plan, ‘Shaping SUEZ 2030’ by demonstrating its expertise in this field.”
“We look forward to working with SUEZ as it aims to achieve a world-first with the scale-up of carbon capture technologies and application to an EfW facility,” said Net Zero Teesside’s managing director, Andy Lane.
“Capturing and storing these emissions will contribute to a net reduction in carbon without any negative environmental impact.
“The project aligns closely with the strategic objectives of bp, the NZT project, and with the UK Government’s net-zero commitment, and is another demonstration of our commitment to work with local industry to help them decarbonise.”