The first near carbon-free gas fired power plant in the UK is set to begin operating within a year in response to government efforts to stimulate carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology.
The Financial Times reports the pilot plant is to be jointly built by Powerfuel, a mining and power company, and Calix, an Australian cement maker that has pioneered a method of removing carbon dioxide from gas before it enters power station turbines.
Calix and Powerfuel have set up a joint venture to build the works next to the latter’s Hatfield colliery near Doncaster, where it is also building a 900 MW coal fired power plant equipped with CCS with public subsidy.
Dawson praised plans in Yorkshire for a pipeline network to take carbon captured from power stations, refineries and steelworks into depleted gasfields in the North Sea.
Brian Sweeney, of Calix, said part of the decarbonization process was already being used in making dolomitic cement, which is more robust than common portland cement, but it would be perfected in the UK.