British energy from waste operator enfinium has announced plans for an investment of up to £800 million in carbon capture and storage (CCS) project in West Yorkshire.
The technology will be installed at the company’s Ferrybridge 1 and 2 facility in Knottingley, with plans for the 90MW project to be operational from 2030.
Once operational, it would capture around 1.2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide a year, including more than 600,000 tonnes of carbon removals – equivalent to taking the carbon emissions of every households in Manchester out of the atmosphere.
It is expected to be one of the largest carbon removal projects in Europe and support more than 200 jobs across the supply chain during the development phase.
The Ferrybridge site currently diverts up to 1.45 million tonnes of unrecyclable waste from landfill.
Mike Maudsley, CEO of enfinium said: “To deliver a net zero carbon economy, the UK needs to find a way to produce carbon removals, or negative emissions, at scale.
Installing carbon capture at our Ferrybridge site would make it one of Europe’s biggest carbon removal projects.
“All this while decarbonising unrecyclable waste, diverting it from climate-damaging landfill, and supporting the green economy in West Yorkshire and the wider community.”
The proposals will be put forward for grant support from the UK Government and planning and consent for the site will move forward in 2024.