UK firms enfinium and Navigator Terminals have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop a new rail corridor to transport captured carbon from the former’s Ferrybridge EfW plant in West Yorkshire to the latter’s storage facilities in Teesside.
enfinium is an energy-from-waste (EfW) firm and Navigator Terminals specializes in storing gas in liquid form.
The corridor will use the East Coast Main Line to then link into the Stockton Spur, and the freight will be transported during the night and other quieter periods around passenger services, news website Edie reported.
According to enfinium, its Ferrybridge EfW plant has the capacity to capture some 700,000 tons of emissions each year. It is more energy and carbon efficient than an average UK-based EfW plant and could become carbon-neutral, or even carbon-negative, thanks to carbon capture and storage (CCS).
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“The UK is a world leader in decarbonization solutions, but it is clear that there is a need to develop alternative transportation and storage solutions for CO2 if we are to meet the country’s net zero ambitions,” Navigator Terminals’ CEO, Jason Hornsby, said in a comment.
The chief executive added that this project, the first of its kind in the UK, could demonstrate the potential carbon transportation by rail could have for the further decarbonization of British industry.
The expectation is that the new rail corridor will not only benefit enfinium but also other companies looking to capture carbon and store it permanently within the UK.
Last summer, the UK held its first licensing round for large-scale projects aimed at the storage of captured carbon under the North Sea, later pledging to invest an unprecedented £20 billion in CCS over the next 20 years.
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