London, April 3, 2012 — Alstom, Drax and BOC welcome the U.K. government's announcement of the launch of the new U.K. Carbon Capture and Storage competition, and will be bidding for funds through the competition to support the consortium's proposed CCS project under development on the Drax site.
The consortium has formed a project company, Capture Power, and named the CCS demonstration project the White Rose CCS Project after the county symbol of Yorkshire, where the project is based.
The project will help drive the formation of a CCS cluster for carbon transportation and storage as an anchor project, as well as helping develop the Oxyfuel CCS technology for other projects in the U.K. and abroad.
The Humber region offers huge potential to link together carbon-intensive industrial and power plants via a shared pipeline infrastructure, to be provided by National Grid, out into the North Sea, which offers an ideal location to store the region's carbon emissions.
Capture Power has also had talks with 2Co Energy, the developer of the Don Valley CCS project near Doncaster, and National Grid. All have agreed to work together to promote a joint vision for a CCS cluster via National Grid's Humber Gateway, which is also being promoted by CO2Sense.
The White Rose CCS Project will burn coal with the potential to co-fire sustainable biomass and be fully equipped with CCS technology from the outset. The 426 MW (gross) power plant will be located on land adjacent to Drax's existing power station, near Selby, North Yorkshire.
The plant will generate enough electricity to supply the equivalent needs of over 630,000 homes with 90 percent of all the carbon dioxide produced by the plant being captured and transported by pipeline for permanent storage deep beneath the North Sea seabed.