Drax Group and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering have agreed to a long-term contract that will see Drax license and use Mitsubishi’s (MHI) unique carbon capture solvent, KS-21TM, to capture CO2 at its power station near Selby, North Yorkshire.
Drax has already converted the power station to use sustainable biomass instead of coal, reducing its emissions by more than 85%. By deploying Biomass Energy and Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) technology, Drax aims to be carbon negative by 2030. The first BECCS unit at Drax could be operational as soon as 2027, capturing and storing at least 8 million tonnes of CO2 a year by 2030.
Will Gardiner, Drax Group CEO, said: “Carbon capture technologies like BECCS are going to be absolutely vital in the fight against the climate crisis. Subject to the right regulatory framework being in place, Drax stands ready to invest further in this essential negative emissions technology, which not only permanently removes CO2 from the atmosphere but also delivers the reliable, renewable electricity needed for clean, green economic growth.”
The project combines MHI’s technology with offshore geological storage under the North Sea, and according to Drax, this project has the potential to be the largest deployment of negative emissions in power generation anywhere in the world.
As part of the agreement, MHI plans to locate its core CCS team at the company’s European headquarters in London and will be looking at ways to strengthen its supply chain, including the potential production of its proprietary solvent in the UK.
Drax has already successfully trialled MHI’s carbon capture technology in a pilot that started in 2020 to test two of MHI’s proprietary solvents (KS-1TM and KS-21TM).
Drax has already kickstarted the planning process to deploy BECCS at its power station in North Yorkshire – if successful, work could get underway to build BECCS at Drax as soon as 2024.