Largest carbon capture plant

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has awarded £26m to accelerate the rollout of carbon capture and storage.

Linking up with the recent commitment to being a net zero country by 2050, the awards have been given to nine companies, in addition to industry backing, to advance the rollout of carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) in the UK. It is the next milestone for the government’s ambition for the UK to be a world leader in the field as laid out in the Clean Growth Strategy and last November’s CCUS Action Plan.

The awards were announced by Energy and Clean Growth Minister Chris Skidmore on a visit to Tata Chemicals Europe’s plant in Winnington, Cheshire. The plant has been awarded £4.2m toward the construction of a facility to capture and utilise 40,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year – the equivalent of 22,000 cars. When fully operational in 2021 it will be the largest carbon capture plant in the UK, removing 100 times more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than the country’s current largest facility.

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