All subjects

Drax, Viking CCS to explore CO2 transport and storage

Drax, Viking CCS to explore CO2 transport and storage
Led by Harbour Energy and with non-operated partner bp, Viking CCS is planning to develop the infrastructure to transport and store carbon dioxide in secure offshore storage sites (graphic courtesy Viking CCS).

In the UK Drax Group (Drax) has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Viking CCS, the Humber-based carbon dioxide transportation and storage network led by independent oil and gas company Harbour Energy plc, together with non-operated partner bp plc, to assess options to transport and store carbon dioxide in the Humber region.

Located in the Humber, the UK’s most industrialized region and largest emitter of carbon dioxide (CO2), the project is central to establishing a world-leading CCS industry in the UK and meeting the UK Government’s net zero emissions targets.

Working with a wide range of emissions capture and infrastructure members, the project will create a CO2 capture, transportation, and storage network.

Viking CCS will also reuse existing pipelines and utilize decommissioned gas fields in the Southern North Sea to provide UK industries with a competitive option for the transport and storage of their CO2 emissions.

Viking CCS has a compelling vision for delivering the decarbonization of the Humber. Their plans could facilitate significant investment into the region, create thousands of new highly skilled green jobs, and ensure that the Humber continues to play an important long-term role in supporting the UK’s energy security, said Richard Gwilliam, UK BECCS Programme Director at Drax.

The MoU will see the companies work together on an early pipeline study to explore options that could connect Drax Power Station to the depleted Viking gas fields in the southern North Sea.

We are excited about working with Viking CCS through this new MoU which will explore how BECCS at Drax Power Station could connect to their pipeline. BECCS is currently the only credible large-scale technology that can generate renewable power and deliver carbon removals. When operational, a BECCS unit at Drax Power Station could remove four million tonnes of CO2 each year which is 80 percent of the UK Government’s ambition of delivering five million tonnes of engineered greenhouse gas removals by 2030. We believe the technology will play a substantial role in combating climate change, reducing the UK’s CO2 emissions, and meeting its Net Zero goals, Richard Gwilliam said.

Once operational, and subject to a final investment decision, the Viking CCS cluster could capture and store up to 10 million tonnes of UK emissions per annum by 2030 and up to 15 million tonnes by 2035.

The Humber is unique in the UK as the largest emitter of CO2 from existing industry and power generation and Viking CCS has the potential to put the Humber at the heart of the UK’s net zero economy, protecting and creating thousands of jobs, providing billions of pounds of investment across the full capture, transport and storage chain. We look forward to exploring the potential for the Drax BECCS plant to connect to Viking CCS in the future, said Graeme Davies, Viking CCS Project Director at Harbour Energy.

Most read on Bioenergy International

Get the latest news about Bioenergy

Subscribe for free to our newsletter
Sending request
I accept that Bioenergy International stores and handles my information.
Read more about our integritypolicy here