Front end engineering contract for carbon capture awarded


The cooling towers at Drax power station. Photo: Andy Beecroft

National Grid Carbon Limited (NGC) has awarded a multi-million pound Front End Engineering and Design contract for a carbon capture and storage pipeline to oil and gas engineering specialists Genesis Oil and Gas Consultants.


Genesis will carry out the risk evaluation and cost estimates as well as the engineering and design work associated with the project’s transportation and storage system that will run from Drax power station in Humberside to the storage site in the North Sea.


This contract award follows the Government’s announcement last December that the White Rose carbon capture and storage (CCS) project would be funded under its CCS commercialisation programme. White Rose is an oxyfueled power and CCS demonstration project of up to 426 MWe gross output. National Grid is responsible for the CO2 pipeline transportation infrastructure and store.


The onshore and offshore pipeline infrastructure will have the capacity to transport up to 17 million tonnes of CO2  a year with the White Rose project alone requiring about two million tonnes.  The CO2 would then be pumped in liquid form under high pressure into natural rock formations over a kilometre beneath the North Sea seabed for permanent storage


NGC is providing the transportation and storage elements for the CCS project and is working with Capture Power Limited, a consortium of Alstom, Drax and BOC, on the White Rose project,


Peter Boreham, National Grid Director of European Business Development said: “We are delighted that Genesis won through this competitive process and are now on board to provide their expertise to plan and develop the project.  It’s another step on the way to demonstrating that CCS has an important part to play in the future energy mix.”


John Cambridge, Genesis Managing Director said: “This is a flagship project for the UK and one Genesis is extremely proud to be part of. We believe our skills in developing optimised onshore, offshore and subsea facilities will be extremely important in enabling NGC to achieve a successful outcome.”