Acorn Project Partners select Carbon Clean to deliver Acorn carbon capture plant FEED study

  • Carbon Clean selected to provide the carbon capture technology to the Acorn Project’s FEED study
  • The Acorn Project is one of the most mature carbon capture and storage projects in the UK; it provides critical infrastructure to enable British and European industries to decarbonise
  • Carbon Clean and Pale Blue Dot have both received UK Government innovation funding; the project could remove at least half the CO2 emissions set out in the UK Government’s Ten Point Plan.

The partners in the Acorn Project, Storegga, through its wholly owned subsidiary Pale Blue Dot Energy, Shell, and Harbour Energy (“Harbour”), announce that Carbon Clean has been awarded the contract to carry out the Front End Engineering Design (“FEED”) services for the Acorn carbon capture plant at St Fergus. An important development in a project that could remove at least half the CO2 emissions set out in the UK Government’s Ten Point Plan for a green Industrial Revolution by 2030.

Carbon Clean is a leader in cost-effective carbon dioxide capture and separation technology. The Acorn Project is one of the most mature carbon capture and storage (“CCS”) and hydrogen projects in the UK and provides critically important infrastructure that will enable industries and homes across Scotland, the UK and Europe to decarbonise.

Acorn CCS is currently in the detailed engineering and design phase of the project. The carbon dioxide (“CO2”) capture facility is aiming to be operational at the St Fergus gas terminal complex by the mid-2020s. The captured CO2, together with CO2 volumes from other emitters, will be transported and permanently stored offshore, with annual storage volumes anticipated to grow to 5-10Mt/yr of CO₂ by 2030. If this potential is realised, that would be at least half the CO2 emissions set out in the UK Government’s Ten Point Plan for a green Industrial Revolution by 2030. The project is due to be one of the first industrial-scale carbon capture projects in the UK.   

The St Fergus gas terminal, located approximately 65km north of Aberdeen, is integral to meeting UK gas requirements on a daily basis and helps maximise the value of the North Sea’s natural storage potential.

By reusing existing gas pipelines, Acorn will transport the captured CO2 from the gas terminal stacks, into well-understood CO2 storage sites. This establishes a full chain carbon capture and storage process and a large CO2 transport and storage solution that will then be scaled to meet further demand. The CCS network created through the Acorn Project has the potential to be one of the largest operating CCS projects in the world, transporting and storing captured CO2 from emitters across Scotland, the UK and Europe.  

Carbon Clean will work in collaboration with Wood, a global leader in consulting and engineering across energy and the built environment, headquartered in Aberdeen, on engineering, process design and construction planning for the carbon capture process unit.

Nick Cooper, CEO of Storegga the lead developer of the Acorn Project, said:

“This contract award is an important milestone for the Acorn CCS Project. It is excellent working with a group as innovative as Carbon Clean. Like us, they started as a small entrepreneurial business and have used UK Innovation Funds to create organisations that are now ready to significantly contribute to the UK energy transition.

“The Acorn Project has a crucial role to play in helping decarbonise our energy system. It will provide critical infrastructure at scale that will cost effectively transform carbon intensive industries across Scotland and the UK and even Europe; helping build a fairer, more resilient economy, while sustaining and creating low carbon jobs.”       

Aniruddha Sharma, CEO of Carbon Clean, said:

“Carbon Clean has a proven track record of delivering scalable, cost-effective carbon capture solutions; I am delighted to announce our second UK-based project of 2021. We are a British business and, we must positively contribute to the UK’s decarbonisation efforts.

The carbon dioxide we are hoping to capture from the Acorn CCS Project will have a tangible impact on the UK’s transition to net zero. We look forward to getting underway with the (“FEED”) stage and working with the other consortium partners to implement novel carbon capture and storage solutions.” 

Giuseppe Zuccaro, President of Process & Chemicals at Wood, said:

“Reducing carbon intensity is key to delivering sustainable energy solutions and we are proud to play our part in taking St Fergus, a site we have supported for many years, into the low carbon future. The Acorn Project will pave the way for carbon capture technology and execution in the UK; a critical step towards net zero.

“Our carbon capture process knowledge, previous construction experience at St Fergus, and record in designing environmentally considerate projects, makes this a very exciting prospect to work with Carbon Clean on Scotland’s energy transition journey.”

Anne-Marie Trevelyan, UK Energy & Climate Change Minister, said :

“The UK is fast becoming a world-leader in developing new technology that captures and stores harmful emissions. Pale Blue Dot and Carbon Clean, who have received £11 million UK government funding, will help the UK go further to deploy critically important carbon capture and hydrogen infrastructure that will help British industries to decarbonise in a way that’s competitive and projects jobs.”

Notes to Editors

Acorn Project

For more about the Acorn Project visit: www.theacornproject.uk.

Storegga

Storegga is an independent, UK-based carbon management business at the forefront of the global Net Zero strategy. It aims to champion and deliver carbon capture and storage (“CCS”), hydrogen, and other subsurface renewable projects in the UK and internationally to accelerate carbon emission reductions.

Through its wholly owned subsidiary, Pale Blue Dot, Storegga is the lead developer of the Acorn Carbon Capture and Storage (“CCS”) and Hydrogen project, providing essential infrastructure to help the UK meet its net zero targets.

The Acorn Project will provide critical backbone infrastructure for the Scottish Cluster. The Scottish Cluster unites communities, industries and businesses to deliver CCS, hydrogen and other low carbon technologies, supporting Scotland, the UK and Europe to meet net zero goals.

Storegga has partnered with leading engineering and technology groups at the forefront of their fields to accelerate infrastructure development. The Company has partnered with Carbon Engineering to develop Direct Air Capture (“DAC”) in the UK.

Storegga: (https://www.storegga.earth/)

For more information on Storegga, Pale Blue Dot or Acorn contact storegga_media@camarco.co.uk or 020 3757 4980

For more information on the Acorn CCS and Hydrogen Project, please visit: About Acorn – Acorn CCS – https://theacornproject.uk/about/

Shell

Learn more about Shell’s experience in CCS at:

https://www.shell.com/energy-and-innovation/carbon-capture-and-storage-projects.html

For more information on Shell’s involvement, please contact +44207 934 5550

Harbour Energy

Learn about Harbour’s involvement at https://www.harbourenergy.com/sustainability/acorn-project/

For more information contact Brunswick Group

Patrick Handley / Tel: 07974 982395

Will Medvei / Tel: 07823 527148

About Carbon Clean:

Carbon Clean is a global leader in cost-effective CO2 capture technology. The company’s patented technology significantly reduces the costs and environmental impacts of CO2 separation, when compared to existing techniques.

The technology has been proven at scale in over 10 locations, including the UK, USA, Germany, India, Norway, and the Netherlands. It is currently in use at the world’s largest industrial-scale carbon capture and utilisation plant in Tuticorin, India. The UK Government has supported Carbon Clean’s development of its technology through competitive grants.

The company was awarded a ‘Technology Pioneer’ award by the World Economic Forum and most recently selected as one of Cemex Ventures Top50 ConTech startups and named a 2021 Global Cleantech 100 company.

For information about Carbon Clean: www.carbonclean.com and for media requests, please contact:

Kekst CNC

Joe Shipley / T: +44 (0) 7780 766857

James Hartwell / T : +44 (0) 7870 487532

carbonclean@kekstcnc.com