Capture Power Limited welcomed the U.K. government's announcement that it has selected the White Rose CCS Project for funding under the U.K. CCS Commercialization 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 U.K.'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.
Located on land adjacent to the existing Drax Power Station, near Selby in North Yorkshire, the 426 MW 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 percent of all the carbon dioxide 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.
Alstom, Drax and BOC are the project co-developers of the power generation and CO2 capture facilities. The three partners have formed a company called Capture Power Limited that will be responsible for the development, implementation and operation of the new plant.
As a part of this cooperation, Alstom will have responsibility for construction and Drax for operation and maintenance of the power plant including the carbon capture facilities. BOC will have responsibility for construction, and operation and maintenance of the air separation unit that provides oxygen for the operation of the oxyfuel capture plant.
National Grid will construct and operate the carbon transport pipelines and, with partners, the permanent undersea storage facilities in the North Sea. National Grid hopes this project will act as a trunk-line to a regional CCS network, capturing the carbon dioxide produced by a cluster of power stations and other energy intensive industries across the Yorkshire and Humber region.