Worley – an industrial engineering solutions company, has been awarded a front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract for a post-combustion carbon capture facility part of the Humber Zero project.
The contract involves the engineering design of a post-combustion carbon capture retrofit system for two gas turbines and two auxiliary gas boilers at VPI’s 1,240-MW combined heat and power plant. Worley aims to define the project scope, identify equipment and infrastructure needs and set out a more detailed timeline for work during the FEED phase.
“Worley has extensive expertise and experience in delivering the critical phases of major projects and their appointment as FEED contractors for our part of Humber Zero demonstrates rapid progress in the development of this project,” said VPI project director for Humber Zero, Jonathan Briggs.
The Humber Zero project is a carbon reduction initiative that aims to decarbonize key industries in the southern Humber. The project would remove up to 8 million tons of CO2 annually by 2030. It will integrate carbon capture and storage, alongside green and blue hydrogen production and oil refineries to reduce emissions.
It will also provide hydrogen power for over 1 million local homes. The project is developed under a partnership between CHP plant operator VPI Immingham, Phillips 66 that owns and runs the adjacent Humber Refinery and energy trader Vitol.
Humber Zero is a £1.2 billion ($1.6 billion) investment that would also aim to retain Humber’s existing jobs and create new skilled green opportunities. According to Worley, the company’s component of the project could abate around 3 million tons of CO2 emissions per year.
Back in September 2021, engineering giant Wood was also chosen as the integration project management contractor (IPMC) for Humber Zero.
Large-scale carbon capture clusters like Humber Zero would be needed for the world to achieve a more sustainable world. Some critics say though that retaining the old way of producing energy and creating jobs, i.e. via the oil and gas industry would only delay real progress with delivering a net zero economy that excludes fossil-fuel use in energy generation completely.