UK waste-energy operator enfinium has joined the Bacton Thames Net Zero Cooperation Agreement (BTNZ), an initiative by Eni UK, to decarbonize industrial processes in the UK Thames Estuary and southeast England. The plans are to capture and store up to 10 million metric tons of carbon, starting with six million tons initially.
The BTNZ agreement includes several supporting organizations such as MVV Environment, Cory, North London Waste Authority, Progressive Energy, SSE Thermal, Interconnector, and Fluxys. The participation of Interconnector and Fluxys creates the opportunity for the international transport of carbon dioxide.
enfinium, one of the largest waste-to-energy companies in the UK, is developing a wider decarbonization plan, which includes carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS), electrolytic hydrogen production, and heat networks. The location of enfinium Kemsley on the Thames Estuary allows it to access the North Sea for carbon transportation and storage.
The company is working on Front End Engineering Design studies for two large 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 of these plants has a yearly capture capacity of up to 1.5-2 million tons of CO2.
The UK Government has pledged to support establishing at least two low-carbon CCUS clusters by the middle of this decade, and two more by 2030, which would capture 20-30MtCO2 annually.
The North Sea Transition Deal will commit to delivering investment of up to £14-16 billion ($16.93-19.35 billion) by 2030 in new energy technologies. £2-3 billion ($2.42-3.63 billion) of those will be allocated to CCUS, £2-3 billion ($2.42-3.63 billion) to electrification, and up to £10 billion ($12.09 billion) to hydrogen.