Aker Carbon Capture and Storegga have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to partner on carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects and provide industrial emitters in the UK with comprehensive value chain capabilities. After becoming the carbon capture provider for the Keadby 3 Carbon Capture Power Station last week, the business now has another UK milestone.
'Strong partnerships that weave together specialist skill sets and experience will be the key to unlocking the CCS market and getting projects at scale online in short order,' says Dr. Nick Cooper, CEO at Storegga. 'This partnership will benefit from Aker Carbon Capture's 20 years of experience in developing carbon capture technologies with best-in-class HSE characteristics and Storegga's heritage in establishing CO2 transport and storage in the UK and abroad.'
Aker Carbon Capture is experiencing strong growth in the UK, where the Government has set ambitious targets for the country to become a world leader in CCS. To meet rising demand, the pure-play carbon capture company is establishing an office in central London to serve the growing list of clients and partners. The company is currently working on FEED studies for two major gas-to-power plants equipped with carbon capture in the UK: SSE Thermal and Equinor's Keadby 3, and bp's Net Zero Teesside, each with an annual capture capacity of up to 1.5 -2 million tonnes CO2.
'Recent success shows that Aker Carbon Capture is cementing its position in the UK CCUS market, which is why we have established an office in the heart of London. We're excited to move into the premises of Sustainable Ventures, which supports and offers offices to strictly climate tech and sustainability-focused businesses. The time is now to start making a difference,' says Aker Carbon Capture's Head of UK David Phillips.
Decarbonizing British industry
In February 2022, Aker Carbon Capture started to support Redcar Energy Centre's bid for Phase 2 of the Government's CCS cluster sequencing process, by studying the implementation of Aker Carbon Capture's large-scale carbon capture technology. The proposal will aim to store over 400,000 tonnes of CO2 a year.
Looking back to end 2021, Aker Carbon Capture and Viridor, one of the UK's leading recycling, resources and waste management companies, signed a partnership to explore the installation of five modular carbon capture plants. This partnership could accelerate Viridor's net zero plans by a decade to 2030 and would deliver 1.5 million tonnes CO2 savings a year.
'When I look at this list of projects and initiatives, it's clear that we're all set to help accelerate the decarbonization of British industry, contribute to creating and safeguarding jobs, and strengthen energy security by working together with large gas-to-power and waste-to-energy players. We're dedicated to doing the right thing. Also in the UK, which is one of our key strategic regions and one of the absolute CCUS frontrunners. The new carbon storage areas launched last week are a clear testimony to that,' concludes Valborg Lundegaard, CEO at Aker Carbon Capture.