UK’s first carbon capture power plant – £2.2b


The UK’s first carbon capture power plant has received planning permission – with a total investment of around £2.2 billion. 

£2.2b carbon capture power plant
Credit: SSE Thermal
by Rory ButlerDecember 9, 2022

SSE Thermal and petroleum refining firm, Equinor has won approval to build the Keadby 3 carbon capture power station in the Humber, North Lincolnshire. 

When operational, it will have a generating capacity of up to 910MW and capture up to 1.5 million tonnes of CO2 a year, around 5% of the UK Government’s 2030 target. 

A consortium has been awarded the front-end engineering design (FEED) contract: 

  • Aker Solutions 
  • Siemens Energy 
  • Altrad Babcock 
  • Aker Carbon Capture   

The scheme is currently in the due diligence stage of the Government’s Cluster Sequencing Process, a plan to deploy cluster sequencing for carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) at scale in two of the UK’s industrial clusters by the mid-2020s, and two more by 2030. 

At the same time, the Government also granted permission for the controversial Woodhouse Colliery scheme, a new £165 million coal mine in West Cumbria.  

Keadby 3 could be operational as early as 2027. 

This crucial project can underpin investment in shared CCS infrastructure and unlock wider decarbonisation and investment opportunities for the Humber,” said Catherine Raw, SSE Thermal MD. 

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