The government approved plans to build a 910MW combined cycle gas turbine power station with a carbon capture and compression unit adjacent yesterday. The programme will cost roughly £2.2 billion in total. The facility would also be connected to the shared CO2 and hydrogen pipelines proposed by the Zero Carbon Humber and East Coast Cluster plans.
Aker Solutions, Siemens Energy, and Doosan Babcock have been granted a front-end engineering design contract by joint venture developers SSE Thermal and Equinor, with Aker Carbon Capture supporting the carbon capture system. The consortium will submit a detailed design for the prospective factory in North Lincolnshire within the following 12 months. When completed in 2027, Keadby 3 will have removed 1.5 million tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere, accounting for approximately 5% of the UK total. At the same time it granted development clearance for Keadby, the Government approved more contentious plans for a £165 million new coal mine in West Cumbria.
Woodhouse Colliery will be a new underground mine on a brownfield site near Whitehaven that will extract coking coal for the steel industry.