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UK’s first approval given for Keadby CCS

  • 1 year, 6 months ago (2022-12-09)
  • David Flin
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The Keadby 3 carbon capture power station in the Humber has become the first power and CCS project in the UK to receive planning permission.

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Developers SSE and Equinor said that the proposed plant in North Lincolnshire has received a development consent order following permission from Grant Shapps, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

The planned power station will have 910 MW capacity and the capability to capture 1.5 million tonnes of CO2 annually, around 5 per cent of the UK Government’s current 2030 CCS target. The plant will also be linked to the shared CO2 and hydrogen pipelines being developed as part of the Zero Carbon Humber and East Coast Cluster proposals.

The plant could be operational “as early as 2027”, the developers said.

Catherine Raw, Managing Director of SSE Thermal, said: “To become the first power CCS project in the UK to receive planning consent is a testament to the strength of Keadby 3, which is capable of playing a major role in achieving a net zero electricity system while providing vital flexible backup to renewables. This crucial project can underpin investment in shared CCS infrastructure and unlock wider decarbonisation and investment opportunities for the Humber, and we look forward to continued progress.”