Energy giants SSE Thermal and Equinor have lodged the planning application for what would be one of the UK’s first power stations equipped with carbon capture technology.
Described as a major milestone in plans for greening up the Humber region, ‘Keadby Three’ is a new 900MW power station fuelled by natural gas, with the emissions abated at source.
The North Lincolnshire addition to an existing power cluster would replace older, carbon-intensive generation on the electricity grid – potentially by 2027.
It is put forward for a nationally-decided Development Consent Order as “providing flexible and efficient power to support intermittent renewable generation and maintain security of supply through the net zero transition”.
Capturing around 1.5 million tonnes of CO2 annually, it would connect to the pipeline infrastructure being developed by the Zero Carbon Humber partnership, of which Equinor and SSE are part, sending it for storage beneath the North Sea.
Keadby Carbon Capture Power Station, as it is to be known, would meet 15 per cent of the 10 million tonne target for 2030 set out in the Prime Minister’s 10-point plan for a green industrial revolution.
Stephen Wheeler, managing director of SSE Thermal, said: “We’re excited to reach this milestone in the development of our Keadby Carbon Capture Power Station project, which could become one of the UK’s first power stations equipped with carbon capture technology.
“Working with our partners in Equinor, we believe we can lead the way in delivering low-carbon flexible power to accelerate the transition to a net zero energy system. This project would play a major role in decarbonising the UK’s power generation, while supporting the wider green industrial revolution in the Humber, stimulating major local investment and creating and protecting high-quality jobs.”
Keadby Two, one of the most efficient gas-fired power stations, is currently in construction at the site, west of Scunthorpe and the River Trent, with the original Fifties coal plant replaced by gas in 1996. An onshore wind farm is set beside them.
Early stage proposals for Keadby Four – to be fuelled by hydrogen – were revealed in April, with SSE and Equinor again in partnership.
Grete Tveit, senior vice president for low carbon solutions at Equinor, said: “This is an important and welcome step in the progress for our Keadby Carbon Capture Power Station project, which will contribute to the decarbonisation of the wider Humber region and the UK’s transition to net zero.
“It is crucial that this and our other carbon capture and hydrogen projects with SSE Thermal become a reality. They will deliver low-carbon power and enable industry and other hard-to-abate sectors to cut emissions, and help make the UK a leader in the green industrial revolution. We are committed to working together with our stakeholders to make these investments happen.”
Business Secretary Kwasi Kwartang has already welcomed the partnership and the efforts on the Humber, with Equinor also bringing hydrogen production to Saltend.
Ian Kelly, chief executive of Hull & Humber Chamber of Commerce, said: “This marks a significant milestone, not only for the project but for the Humber region. A project of this scale could bring significant investment to the area and the Chamber looks forward to working with SSE Thermal and Equinor to realise this potential.
“The Humber and surrounding areas continue to be an excellent place to invest, work and live.”