The Global CCS Institute Welcomes the UK Government’s Progress on the Cluster Sequencing Process for CCUS
31st March 2023
The UK government has selected 8 projects from its Track-1 cluster sequencing process for carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) to proceed to negotiations for government support. This represents Phase 2 of the Track-1 cluster sequencing process that previously established the HyNet Cluster and the East Coast Cluster as funding recipients.
The 8 projects cover a range of innovative CCUS technologies, 3 of which fall under the East Coast Cluster and 5 tied to the HyNet Cluster. The selected projects from the Track-1 Project Negotiation List include the following:
East Coast Cluster projects:
- Net Zero Teesside Power
- Teesside Hydrogen CO2 Capture
HyNet Cluster projects:
- Hanson Padeswood Cement Works Carbon Capture and Storage Project
- Viridor Runcorn Industrial CCS
- Protos Energy Recovery Facility
- Buxton Lime Net Zero
- HyNet Hydrogen Production Plant 1 (HPP1)
In addition to the progress made on Track-1 efforts, the UK government officially launched its Track-2 cluster sequencing process that will establish two additional clusters to transport and store at least 10 Mt of CO2 per year by 2030. Scotland’s Acorn CCS Project, and the proposed Vikings CCS effort in England, are both being eyed as the leading contenders for funding.
“This next step to support industrial decarbonisation is incredibly promising and illustrates that the UK government is committed to having carbon capture, utilisation and storage play a strong role in the low carbon transition”, said Guloren Turan, General Manager of Advocacy and Communications with the Global CCS Institute. “With a current target in the UK to curb 20-30 million tonnes of CO2 per year through CCUS by 2030, the projects established through the cluster sequencing process will help make good on that effort”, added Turan.
The UK government’s CCUS commitments are part of its broader climate target to reach net zero by 2050, which was signed into law in 2019.
About the Global CCS Institute: The Global CCS Institute is an international think tank whose mission is to accelerate the deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS), a vital technology to tackle climate change and deliver climate neutrality. For more information, visit www.globalccsinstitute.com
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