Plans unveiled for £800m carbon capture project at Yorkshire waste-to-energy plant

Posted on 18 December 2023

Enfinium, a waste-to-energy operator in the UK, has unveiled intentions to allocate £800 million toward a carbon capture and storage (CCS) initiative at its Ferrybridge location

Scheduled for operation by 2030, this initiative aims to offer essential carbon removal for the UK, decarbonise non-recyclable waste, and produce more than 90 megawatts of consistent, domestically sourced carbon-negative power. The technology will be implemented at Enfinium's Ferrybridge 1 and 2 plant in Knottingley.

Upon becoming operational, the system aims to capture approximately 1.2 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually. This includes more than 600,000 tons of robust, high-grade carbon removals, which is comparable to eliminating the carbon emissions produced by every household in Manchester from the atmosphere.

By implementing CCS at Ferrybridge, already the UK's largest energy-from-waste location, will transform it into one of Europe's most extensive carbon removal ventures, creating more than 200 jobs throughout the supply chain during its development phase.

These plans will be submitted to seek grant assistance from the UK Government as they expand the Track-1 cluster sequencing process, set to commence this month. The site's planning and consent procedures are slated to progress in 2024.

Mike Maudsley, CEO of Enfinium, said: “To deliver a net zero carbon economy, the UK needs to find a way to produce carbon removals, or negative emissions, at scale.

"Installing carbon capture at our Ferrybridge site would make it one of Europe’s biggest carbon removal projects. All this while decarbonising unrecyclable waste, diverting it from climate-damaging landfill, and supporting the green economy in West Yorkshire and the wider community.”

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