White Rose Carbon Capture and Storage Project wins UK funding

Source:Capture Power Limited

Capture Power Limited welcomed the UK Government's announcement that it has selected the White Rose Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Project for funding under the UK CCS Commercialization Program (the Program). Funding is to be awarded for Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) work, which is the next step in the development process.

This latest stage in the Program comes after a period of detailed commercial discussions with the Government following the shortlisting of four projects from the initial list of eight. The White Rose CCS Project was scrutinized against criteria including project deliverability, value for money and the UK’s timetable to deliver a cost-competitive CCS industry in the 2020s. Capture Power will now continue to work with DECC with a view to concluding a Project Contract for the construction and operation of the full chain CCS project within the next 18 months.

Commenting on the announcement, a Capture Power spokesperson said: "We are delighted that our project has been successful in attracting funding. We believe White Rose has great potential to demonstrate oxyfuel CCS technology for other projects in the UK and overseas. It also highlights the strategic strength of the Yorkshire and Humber region as a hub for CCS driving the formation of a cluster for CO2 transportation and storage.” 

Located on land adjacent to the existing Drax Power Station, near Selby in North Yorkshire, the 426 MW (gross) power plant will burn coal with the added ability to co-fire sustainable biomass and meet the equivalent power needs of over 630,000 homes. Fully equipped with CCS technology from the outset, 90% of all the CO2 produced by the plant will be captured and transported by  pipeline for permanent storage deep beneath the North Sea seabed.

Capture Power is a consortium set up by Alstom, Drax and BOC to develop the White Rose CCS Project, in close co-operation with National Grid, who will provide the transportation and storage infrastructure for the project.

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