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Carbon Clean awards KBR design contract for FlagshipONE project

Carbon Clean awards KBR design contract for FlagshipONE project
An artist's rendering of Ørsted FlagshipONE e-methanol facility in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden (image courtesy Ørsted).

UK-headed Carbon Clean Solutions Pvt, Ltd (Carbon Clean), a leader in low-cost carbon capture technology has announced the award of a new contract to US-headed global engineering experts KBR Inc., for the detailed design of a carbon capture plant for Ørsted's FlagshipONE project in Sweden.

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Carbon Clean Solutions was awarded the contract for the full design and supply of the carbon capture plant earlier this year.

This new contract is for the detailed design, following KBR’s successful completion of the Front End Engineering Design (FEED) for the carbon capture plant in 2021.

Modular design

The modular carbon capture plant will be designed for ease of construction and future replication.

It will be capable of capturing 70 000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year from municipal energy utility Övik Energi’s biomass-fired combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden.

The captured biogenic CO2 will then be combined with renewable hydrogen in Ørsted’s FlagshipONE plant, to produce 50 000 tonnes per year of eMethanol for use in the shipping industry.

I’m delighted to build on our existing strong partnership with KBR to deliver this hugely significant project. CO2-based synthetic fuels represent a significant new utilization pathway for captured CO2 and FlagshipONE is the first of many projects that we expect to deliver to meet the rapidly escalating demand for these low-carbon fuels, said Aniruddha Sharma, Chair and CEO of Carbon Clean.

We are extremely pleased to be working with Carbon Clean once again on this fantastic eMethanol project in Sweden. It is indicative of KBR’s strategic commitment to working with clients to provide sustainable energy for the world. KBR helps clients by drawing on our extensive global engineering expertise and applying the latest technology and processes to deliver extraordinary outcomes, commented Jay Ibrahim, President of Global Technology Solutions at KBR.

Decarbonize shipping

The global shipping industry is responsible for 3 percent of worldwide greenhouse gases (GHGs), with fuel-related emissions constituting the primary source of these emissions, as approximately 99 percent of marine fuels are derived from fossil fuels.

New regulations and policies are focused on driving down marine transport emissions and are driving change in the marine industry.

Shipping companies are stepping up efforts to reduce their carbon footprint and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has set a target to reduce the carbon intensity of shipping by 70 percent and absolute emissions by 50 percent by 2050.

A ‘Well-to-Wake’ approach is increasingly being used by regulators in order to calculate the lifecycle emissions of marine fuels, measuring the GHG emissions from the entire process of fuel production, delivery, and use onboard ships.

Sourcing alternative low-carbon fuels is therefore becoming increasingly urgent. While coastal shipping will be able to be electrified using battery power, the bulk of global long-distance shipping will need to use liquid eFuels, such as eMethanol.

FlagshipONE will be Ørsted’s first commercial-scale Power-to-X (PtX) facility. Ground-breaking marking the start of construction for the project was held on May 24, 2023, and it will become one of Europe’s largest production sites for green e-methanol when it becomes operational in 2025.

The original developer of FlagshipONE, Swedish company Liquid Wind, is continuing to develop a network of eFuel plants with ambitious long-term goals of developing multiple plants.

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