Shell Catalysts & Technologies to acquire CANSOLV CO . to deliver2 post-combustion carbon capture technology for the VPI Immingham combined heat and power plant (CHP) as part of Humber Zero.
Humber Zero is a multi-billion pound government-sponsored project to decarbonise industry in the industrial area of Immingham in north Lincolnshire. The project includes carbon capture after combustion and hydrogen production. The project aims to generate eight million tons of CO. to prevent2 released as a greenhouse gas.
In a statement, Jonathan Briggs, VPI project director for Humber Zerosaid: “Large scale industrial decarbonisation using carbon capture and storage will be essential if the UK is to achieve its ambition of a Net Zero economy by 2050. Humber Zero’s target to decarbonise the Immingham industrial site will take up to eight million tons of carbon from critical industry and make a significant contribution to achieving that goal.”
Humber Zero: decarbonising an industrial cluster
CANSOLV will be retrofitted to the VPI Immingham power plants that emit carbon-rich flue gas. Shell’s alliance partner for CANSOLV CO2 technology, Technip Energies, will support the design of the capture unit and pilot plant. The technology is expected to reduce 95 percent or more of the CO . catch2 in the gas, allowing it to be compressed, transported and stored in geological structures beneath the seabed.
“Shell’s CANSOLV CO2 Capture technology has been in use since 2013, including in a large-scale, commercial, low-pressure application at SaskPower in Canada, where it is designed to capture up to 1 Mt/y of CO22”, said Andy Gosse, chairman, Shell Catalysts & Technologies† “This project with VPI Immingham will be a flagship project in Humber and the UK’s journey to Net Zero and will be a major frontrunner in the world of carbon capture and storage. A pilot campaign at the VPI factory, conducted with our partner Technip, will be an important next step to demonstrate the power of CANSOLV technology in CO capture2 in electricity generation from natural gas.”
VPI Immingham’s 1.2 gigawatt cogeneration plant is close to major heavy industry and supplies power and heat for approximately 25 percent of the UK’s refinery capacity, including the adjacent Phillips 66 Humber refinery. CANSOLV will be built into two of the three gas-fired power generators at the power plant, which will also supply up to five percent of the peak power needs for the national grid.
Humber Zero’s industrial partners include Phillips 66 and energy company and trader Vitol.
UKRI is investing £12.5m in government funding into the project through the Industrial Decarbonization Challenge, which has been matched by Humber Zero partners VPI Immingham LLP and Phillips 66.