Uniper has awarded Aker Carbon Capture a Process Design Package (PDP) to deliver design studies for a proposed post combustion carbon capture plant at their Grain power station in the Southeast of England, on the Isle of Grain, in Kent.
Uniper’s Grain Carbon Capture project is a proposal to retrofit post combustion carbon capture technology on up to all three of the existing Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) units at the power plant, with the potential to capture over 2 million tonnes of CO2 per year.
In the first phase, Aker Carbon Capture will provide its proprietary process technology design to capture carbon from the existing CCGT units at the plant, delivering a PDP that will establish the process design for the CO2 capture, conditioning, liquefaction, and temporary storage facility, as well as incorporating potential heat integration solutions. The PDP includes the necessary design information required by an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) firm to perform final engineering of the plant.
This highly optimized design will make use of Aker Carbon Capture’s best in class intellectual property, process design expertise and project execution experience. UniperP delivery process, will allow Uniper to evaluate Aker Carbon Capture’s technology for one of the three gas turbines, helping to inform planning and permitting applications for the future construction and operation of the carbon capture plant at the existing power station.
If Uniper selects Aker Carbon Capture as technology licensor at the end of the PDP process, the next step will be to move to the front-end engineering and design phase ahead of a final investment decision, which is expected to be taken by Uniper in the mid-2020s.
“We are excited to support Uniper with our carbon capture technology on their path to make their European power generation portfolio 80% carbon neutral by 2030. The development of this PDP, building on Aker Carbon Capture’s recent completion of FEED studies for other major gas-to-power projects in the UK, will provide a solid foundation for these efforts”, said Egil Fagerland, Chief Executive Officer at Aker Carbon Capture. “This award is a huge steppingstone towards turning our existing Big Catch EPC offering into a License and Key Equipment model. If this project reaches a Final Investment Decision (FID), Aker Carbon Capture may have the opportunity to provide the full technology license and deliver key equipment. Uniper has the option to commission a license to install our technology on all three CCGT units.”