OSLO, NORWAY: The pure play carbon capture company Aker Carbon Capture is gearing up in the UK to capture opportunities in the rapidly evolving Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) market.
The company recently established a UK entity and is working on several projects to apply its proprietary carbon capture technology in the UK, which has been a front-runner in developing CCS over the past decade.
The UK government has pledged to establish carbon capture of up to 10 million tonnes of CO2 per year from 2030, with the first industrial clusters in operation by the mid-2020s.
“Aker Carbon Capture will work to realize the solutions and facilities required for the UK to reach its ambitious climate goals and contribute to developing new sustainable jobs in the country,” said Valborg Lundegaard, Chief Executive Officer of Aker Carbon Capture.
Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) could support thousands of jobs in the UK by 2030, according to the UK government’s plans for a £1 billion CCS infrastructure fund – part of its Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution from November 2020.
Aker Carbon Capture will work closely with a new consortium announced today by Aker Solutions, Siemens Energy and Doosan Babcock to deliver Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) solutions for gas fired power stations in the UK.
Aker Carbon Capture will provide its capture technology with low solvent degradation and low emissions and key equipment to complement the consortium’s broad capabilities to deliver major industrial projects.
Siemens Energy, a leading energy technology company focused on driving decarbonization, offers an established UK track record in the delivery of CCGT power plants and strong operations and maintenance capabilities.
Separately, Aker Carbon Capture is also actively engaged in projects in other sectors, including the waste-to-energy industry. the company recently completed a feasibility study for Viridor to explore implementation of carbon capture at one or more of the recycling and waste management company’s plants in the UK.
Aker Carbon Capture is also exploring the market for CCS for cement factories building on the project experience from the Heidelberg cement factory in Brevik, Norway.
One market innovation that could encourage early adoption of CCS in the UK is carbon capture as a service. Aker Carbon Capture is offering an integrated solution that covers everything a customer needs to reduce emissions by CCS.
As part of the service, Aker Carbon Capture will deliver and operate carbon capture facilities, with transport and storage embedded in the service through strategic partnerships.
“The market response to carbon capture as a service has been very encouraging. Offering the full value chain under one pay-per-tonne model is a bold innovation the market appears to appreciate,” said Jon Christopher Knudsen, Chief Commercial Officer at Aker Carbon Capture.