SSE Thermal and Equinor have submitted two joint carbon capture projects into the government’s competition, the ‘Cluster Sequencing Process’.
These power stations equipped with carbon capture technology are based in the Humber region and the Northeast of Scotland.
For the Humber station, carbon dioxide would be stored below the Southern North Sea and the Aberdeenshire project would be used to decarbonise Scotland’s only major thermal generation site.
The projects are expected to capture a combined three million tonnes of carbon each year, which would account for 10% of the government’s 2030 target.
SSE Energy and Commercial Director Martin Pibworth said: “SSE’s Net Zero Acceleration Programme will see us invest £12.5 billion over the next five years with a focus on low carbon infrastructure and whilst renewable generation is at the heart of that strategy, we know we will need flexible low carbon power to ensure security of supply when the wind doesn’t blow and the sun doesn’t shine.”
Grete Tveit, Senior Vice President for Low Carbon Solutions at Equinor, added: “These projects will make a significant contribution towards the UK’s climate change ambitions, with Keadby 3 Carbon Capture Power Station further accelerating the zero-carbon Humber vision to become the UK’s first net zero carbon cluster by 2040.”