A major project to introduce carbon capture technology to cut emissions in the region is moving forward, despite power generator Drax pulling out.
Capture Power, which is responsible for the development, implementation and operation of the proposed White Rose Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Project, has confirmed its commitment to the delivery of the scheme.
It comes after Drax, owner of Drax Power Station, near Selby, announced that it would end further investment in the project beyond its existing Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) study commitment.
The project involves constructing a buried pipeline to transport carbon dioxide produced by a new White Rose power plant - next to Drax Power Station – to a point south of Bridlington and then out to the North Sea, where it would be permanently stored within natural rock formations beneath the seabed.
The pipeline, which would run from the White Rose power plant, would be buried close to Market Weighton and a number of villages in the area.
The onshore pipeline would be more than 45 miles long and the offshore pipeline 55 miles. A block valve would be installed about two miles south of Holme-on-Spalding Moor.
Leigh Hackett, CEO of Capture Power, said: “Drax’s decision not to invest further in the project is disappointing, but we are keen to confirm that Capture Power remains committed to delivering the White Rose CCS Project. We can also confirm that we continue to work constructively with Drax on land, site services and shared infrastructure aspects to support the project’s delivery.
“We are now well over halfway through the FEED study and we are progressing towards receiving development consent. The final investment decision for White Rose will be dependent on successful outcomes of the FEED study, funding arrangements and the proposed Contract for Difference market mechanism designed specifically to encourage investment in new, low carbon generation.
“The team at Capture Power is working hard to put the UK on the CCS map through delivering this groundbreaking project.”