Tata plans UK’s first industrial-scale carbon capture plant

Nine projects were awarded £26m (US$32m) in funding from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) as part of the UK's plan to advance CCUS.

Commenting on the project, Chris Skidmore, Energy & Clean Growth Minister said: 'Cutting edge technology to capture carbon will cut emissions as we work towards a net zero economy, while creating new jobs - a key part of our modern Industrial Strategy.

The UK has recently laid out ambitious plans to be carbon neutral by 2050 which place it among the world leaders.

When fully operational in 2021 it will be the largest carbon capture plant in the United Kingdom, removing 100 times more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than the country's current largest facility. Carbon dioxide will be captured from the flue gases of the CHP, purified and liquefied to be used to manufacture of soda ash and sodium bicarbonate.

Britain's target to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 became law on Thursday, making it the first G7 country to set such a goal.

TCE managing director, Martin Ashcroft, added: 'The CCU demonstration plant will enable us to reduce our carbon emissions, whilst securing supplies of a critical raw material, helping to grow the export of our products across the world.

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Tata is funding the development in part with a 4.2 million-pound grant from the United Kingdom government, which has a programme to spur the technology as a way of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Tata Chemicals Europe (TCE) has revealed more details of its industrial-scale Carbon Capture & Utilisation (CCU) plant, which will be the UK's first.

Energy-intensive industries now produce approximately 24% of global emissions. This potentially vital technology captures carbon from power stations and carbon heavy industries such as cement, chemicals, steel, and oil refining. Then, before it even enters the air, it can either be used for industrial purposes like manufacturing concrete or can be stored safely underground, reducing pollution and helping to tackle climate change.

Tata Chemicals Europe hosted an event at the site in Winnington, Cheshire to announce the project. It is also spending £170m to create a net zero carbon "industrial cluster" in the United Kingdom by 2040.

"However, carbon capture must not be used as an excuse to keep the United Kingdom hooked on fossil fuels". £20 million has been made available, of which almost £5 million is being awarded today.

The 16.7 million pound ($21.2 million) project will be located at the company's Northwich industrial site in Cheshire, England and should start operations in 2021. Following a review in January 2019 the amount of funding being made available was increased to £24 million.

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