Aker Carbon Capture will support Viridor in the provision of a pre-FEED study for the Runcorn CCS project, which is located around 20 km from Liverpool.
When in operation, the facility will be one of the first large scale carbon capture projects at an energy-from-waste facility in the world. The pre-FEED study explores the installation of a carbon capture plant in the HyNet cluster, part of the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Track 1 sequencing process, capturing around 1 million tonnes CO2 per annum.
Valborg Lundegaard, the Chief Executive Officer at Aker Carbon Capture has said: “we are delighted to partner with Viridor on this exciting project that could realize major emission reductions in a hard to abate sector". She also celebrated the opportunity to create "green jobs in the UK".
Viridor has publicly committed to the first net zero waste company by 2040 by implementing CCUS and the extraction of plastic from residual waste streams for more circular recycling.
Energy from waste with CCS could play a leading role in the UK’s decarbonization efforts. If all facilities in the UK were fitted with CCS, approximately five million tonnes of negative emissions could be stored each year. At Runcorn CCS, around half of the waste originates from biogenic sources, enabling half a million tonnes of negative emissions, effectively removing these from the atmosphere.
Lundergaard concludes by stating that, “the potential to implement CCS at energy-from-waste facilities in the UK and help deliver deep decarbonization is massive" and also said that "Viridor will benefit from modularity in the Aker Carbon Capture Big Catch portfolio, reducing complexity and cost”.
To hear more about CCS, sign up to the EfW conference here where David Phillips, the Head of UK Investor Relations at Aker, will be discussing the project and technical updates of CCS delivery.