SSE Thermal and Equinor, a UK-based energy firm, has selected a consortium of Aker Solutions, Siemens Energy and Doosan Babcock to advance the UK’s first power station with carbon capture – Keadby 3. Aker Carbon Capture will provide the carbon capture technology.
The consortium has been awarded the front end engineering design contract for the plant with carbon capture technology that will be constructed in the Humber region. The consortium and Aker Carbon Capture have accepted the key terms and will sign the formal agreement soon.
The next step is devising a detailed plan for Keadby 3, which has a generating capacity of up to 910MW, in the upcoming 12 months. The decarbonized plant in the Track-1 East Coast Cluster will use turbine technology from Siemens Energy.
With its potential to capture up to 1.5 MT of carbon dioxide per year, Keadby 3 is an important part of the UK Government’s ambitious carbon capture and storage targets that aim to turn the country into a world leader in the field. A socio-economic report that was issued recently said the plant could bring £1.2 billion to the UK economy, significantly benefiting the local area.
“Our ambition with Keadby 3 is to deliver one of the UK’s first power stations equipped with carbon capture and through awarding this contract we continue to build momentum behind that goal,” said Catherine Raw, Managing Director at SSE Thermal. The proposed Keadby plant “will provide vital flexible power while backing up renewables,” and will be crucial in meeting zero net targets, she said.
In order to reach carbon neutrality, multiple power-CCS projects are needed, she also said, and added that they hope the UK Government takes that into account when it offers an update on Cluster Sequencing this year.
“We support SSE Thermal’s strategy to deliver solutions to provide energy needed today while building a better world of energy for tomorrow,” said Aker Carbon Capture CEO Valborg Lundegaard.