Gas producer BOC has been chosen to join Alstom and Drax on the team building a carbon capture and storage project in the UK.

The 426 MW oxy-fired CCS plant is under development in Yorkshire on the site of Drax power station, the largest coal fired facility in the country.

UK-based BOC, which is owned by Germany’s Linde Group, was selected following a competitive process and the three partner companies now claim that they offer “Europe’s strongest-ever industrial alliance to fast-track the commercialisation of CCS technologies”.

The project will link into the Humber Cluster CO2 transport and offshore storage network which is currently under development by the UK’s National Grid.

Stephen Burgin, Alstom’s UK president, said that the addition of BOC meant that “the combination of major industrial players now assembled has what is needed to take CCS from pilot scale to full-scale operation”.

In December the largest carbon capture pilot plant in the UK was opened at Ferrybridge in Yorkshire. It is operated by SSE and was built in conjunction with Doosan Power Systems and Vattenfall.

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