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Enfinium and Navigator Terminals sign MoU for carbon capture rail project

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Meenal Datar

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Enfinium, one of the UK’s largest energy from waste operators, and Navigator Terminals, leading bulk liquid storage provider, have announced they have signed a memorandum of understanding  (MoU) to collaborate on the development of the UK’s first ‘Rail to Zero’ carbon capture rail corridor, that would enable dispersed industrial sites to permanently store their emissions.

They plan to develop options to transport carbon dioxide (CO2) captured at enfinium’s Ferrybridge waste facilities in West Yorkshire, UK to Navigator’s proposed multi-model carbon dioxide terminal in Teesside, UK using rail freight. The carbon dioxide would then be transported safely from Navigator’s carbon dioxide terminal for permanent storage. Bechtel, a global leader in engineering, construction, and project management, has been selected to support the feasibility work underpinning the concept.

The announcement follows the decision by the Chancellor in the Spring Statement on 15 March to support the scale-up of the UK carbon capture and storage industry with up to £20 billion of investment.

Mike Maudsley, CEO of enfinium, says: ‘Our facility at Ferrybridge is the single largest energy from waste site in the UK and transforms non-recyclable waste into homegrown energy to power nearly 400,000 British homes. By installing carbon capture technology at Ferrybridge we could go one step further and remove more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than we release. In doing so we could generate carbon-negative electricity, support Yorkshire’s climate change targets and deliver high-quality jobs in an exciting new green industry.’

Jason Hornsby, CEO of Navigator Terminals, added:The UK is a world leader in decarbonisation solutions,  but it is clear that there is a need to develop alternative transportation and storage solutions for carbon dioxide if we are to meet the country’s net zero ambitions…This is an exciting UK first project, and we hope it can prove the concept of carbon  dioxide transportation by rail opening up huge potential for further decarbonisaiton of British industry.’

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