UK Government announces 20 shortlisted decarbonisation projects as part of cluster sequencing competition
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Asreported previously by the IFRF, in Autumn 2021 the UK government selected two industrial clusters for the development of carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) projects, with financial support from the government’s £1 billion infrastructure budget. Known as ‘Track-1’ projects, the Hynet and East Coast Cluster projects are on course for launch by 2025, with a second wave of potentially two ‘Track-2’ projects due to follow on from these, with the aim to further decarbonise industry from around 2030.
The second part of the UK decarbonisation strategy is to select the emitter projects that will feed into HyNet and East Coast Cluster. Twenty short-listed emitter projects have now been announced, from an initial list of 41, covering power CCUS, industrial carbon capture, waste and CCUS-enabled hydrogen projects, which will proceed to the due diligence stage of the Cluster Sequencing process. According to the announcement, the 20 projects represent a range of innovative CCUS technologies that have the potential to:
accelerate the UK’s decarbonisation ambitions
realise economic benefits in the North West, North Wales, Teesside and Humber regions
kick start the hydrogen economy
put the UK on a path to decarbonising power system by 2035, while maintaining security of supply.
As the announcement points out however, the shortlist does not imply availability of funding for any or all of the shortlisted projects, with the 20 projects being:
Net Zero Teesside Power (East Coast Cluster)
Whitetail Clean Energy (East Coast Cluster)
Keadby 3 Carbon Capture Power Station (East Coast Cluster)
bpH2Teesside (East Coast Cluster)
H2NorthEast (East Coast Cluster)
Hydrogen to Humber-H2H Saltend (East Coast Cluster)