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Worley secures pre-FEED contract for Drax carbon capture project

Worley Ltd, an Australia-headed global engineering, procurement, and construction expertise provider for the energy, mining, and chemical industry sectors, has announced that it has been awarded a contract to provide the early front-end engineering and design (pre-FEED) for the first two carbon capture units at Drax Group’s power station in North Yorkshire, UK. Each unit is expected to capture approximately 4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) per annum.

UK power generator Drax Group aims to become carbon negative by 2030. Worley Ltd has been awarded a contract to provide the early front-end engineering and design for the first two carbon capture units at Drax Power (photo courtesy Drax).

The carbon capture units will incorporate the negative emissions process scheme, Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS). Drax has successfully piloted BECCS which generates renewable electricity using wood pellets while permanently removing carbon dioxide (CO2) in the flue gases from the atmosphere.

Worley’s work includes developing the plant layout, cost estimation, and schedules for FEED and detailed engineering, procurement, and construction. It will also explore options to integrate the project into the existing Drax site at an industrial scale and provide studies to optimize performance and cost.

This project could result in the power station becoming carbon-negative and contribute to the Humber region’s ambition to become the UK’s first zero-carbon industrial cluster. It also has the potential to inspire future decarbonization projects from adjacent industries.

Through this project, we will be playing a key role in developing an exciting new carbon capture process scheme. This has the potential to be a game-changer in the fight against climate change. When it comes to decarbonizing the world’s energy systems, there isn’t one single solution. That’s why we’re helping customers across all of our sectors to make changes, as we remain focused on delivering a more sustainable energy future, said Vinayak Pai, Group President EMEA & APAC at Worley.

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