Drax Power has awarded Australian firm Worley a services contract for the first two carbon capture units at its power station in North Yorkshire, UK.
The carbon capture units will be integrated into the biomass power generating units that have a total capacity of 2,580 MW.
Under the contract, Worley will provide pre-front-end engineering and design (FEED) services for the carbon capture units, including the development of plant layout, cost estimation and scheduled for FEED, detailed engineering, procurement and construction.
Worley said the awarding of the contract is ‘strategic’ because it provides further indication of the increasing use of both biofuels and carbon capture in the global energy system.
Chris Ashton, CEO of Worley, said: “As a global professional services company headquartered in Australia, we are pleased that Drax has engaged Worley in this important carbon capture project.
“The contract supports Drax’s goal of becoming a world-leading, carbon-negative company by 2030, while also supporting Worley’s strategic focus on sustainability and delivering a more sustainable world.”
The carbon capture units at Drax’s power station in Selby will incorporate negative emissions technology, bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS), generating electricity while permanently removing carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere.
BECCS has been successfully piloted by Drax and each carbon capture unit is expected to capture approximately 4 million tonnes of CO2 per year.