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RWE considers carbon capture project at Great Yarmouth

by Mark Cantrell
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A UK electricity generating company has announced it is exploring the feasibility of establishing a carbon capture and storage facility at a power station in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.

RWE – which operates the plant – says the project could secure the long-term future of the site, and also support the creation of additional jobs, as well as the development of new skills.

According to the company, combined with its other three carbon capture and storage (CCS) developments, the projects would be capable of providing 5.1 gigawatts (GW) of secure, flexible, low carbon electricity – enough to power around approx. 8.1m homes.

Future carbon capture technology at Great Yarmouth Power Station would enable the generation of 400 megawatts (MW) of decarbonised, secure, flexible power, by capturing approximately 600,000 tonnes of CO2 per year, it says.

Investment in the new project could also support the creation of new jobs in the local area and provide millions of pounds of new investment and supply chain opportunities for the local economy.

Andy Wilkins, RWE’s project development manager, said: “We are pleased to announce the start of a carbon capture feasibility study at Great Yarmouth Power Station as a continuation of our journey towards a decarbonised gas fleet.

“Carbon capture can support the expansion of other renewable and low carbon technologies that RWE is already a leader in deploying, by providing energy security through firm and flexible provision of electricity.”

RWE has announced it is exploring the feasibility of establishing a carbon capture and storage facility at a power station in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.
Credit: RWE

As operators of the largest fleet of gas fired power stations in the UK, and a leading renewables generator, RWE considers carbon capture to be a viable solution for delivering decarbonised, reliable, and dispatchable power, supporting the UK’s target for a net zero power system by 2035.

Located in Norfolk, on the east coast of England, Great Yarmouth is a natural-gas-fired combined-cycle gas and steam turbine power plant. Commissioned in 2002, it is capable of meeting the needs of approximately 300,000 households.

The Great Yarmouth station is already connected to a gas pipeline from the Bacton gas terminal. RWE says this potentially makes it an ideal location for connecting to the new carbon storage facilities which are being developed in the region.


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