The UK government has granted a planning permission for the Keadby 3 Carbon Capture Power Station in the Humber. The station will be constructed by SSE Thermal and Equinor and is expected to be operational by 2027 if all future approval and investment requirements are met.
The plant is set to be constructed in North Lincolnshire after it received a Development Consent Order after consultations with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) following a recommendation from the Planning Inspectorate.
The project is still in its due diligence phase within the government’s Cluster Sequencing Process, but this development is a definite step forward for Keadby 3. With the planning permission in place, connections with the Zero Carbon Humber and East Coast Cluster’s future CO2 and hydrogen pipeline networks can now be explored.
Keadby 3 is set to have a generating capacity of up to 910MW and capture up to 1.5 million tonnes of CO2 annually. This alone would be equal to 5% of the 2030 target set by the government.
Earlier in 2022, SSE Thermal and Equinor signed a Front End Engineering Design (FEED) contract for Keadby 3 with consortium made up of Aker Solutions, Siemens Energy and Altrad Babcock, with Aker Carbon Capture also included for its unique expertise in carbon capture.
Catherine Raw, Managing Director of SSE Thermal commented on the news by saying: “Together with Equinor, SSE Thermal is committed to delivering low-carbon flexible power. We are doing everything we can to ensure that Keadby 3 Carbon Capture Power Station is in the best position possible when the UK Government confirms the next steps around its plans to decarbonise industrial clusters.”