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Design study contracts awarded for the Grain Carbon Capture project

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Molly Cooper

Journalist at Tank Storage Magazine.

Uniper has awarded Technip Energies and Aker Carbon Capture process design package (PDP) contracts to deliver its technology and design studies for the Grain Carbon Capture project.

Both companies will participate in a competition to engineer the carbon capture technology and plant design needed for the project to move to the front end engineering and design (FEED) phase, ahead of a final investment decision, which is expected to be taken in the mid-2020s.

The project is a proposal to retrofit post combustion carbon capture technology on up to three units of the existing 1,326MW Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) plant at Grain power station, in the Southeast of England, United Kingdom. It has the potential to remove over 2 million tonnes of CO2 per year during the electricity generation process, representing over 7 per cent of the UK government’s 2030 target to capture up to 20-30 Mt CO2 per year across the economy, to help meet the UK’s target of net zero by 2050.

Ian Rogers, head of asset improvement and making net zero probable, says: ‘The award of the PDP contracts is a significant milestone in the development of our plans to decarbonise electricity production at one of the most efficient gas CCGT plants in our fleet – Grain power station. It would not only help meet Uniper’s ambitious strategy to generate more than 80 per cent of our installed power capacity from carbon free sources by 2030, but could also help to support the UK’s transition to a net zero future by removing millions of tonnes of CO2 per year whilst continuing to provide flexible and reliable power to the national grid.’

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