Cory’s Belvedere CC facility plans accepted for examination

Cory has announced that the Planning Inspectorate has accepted for examination its application for a Development Consent Order (DCO) to build a carbon capture facility as its Riverside campus in Belvedere, South-East London

The company said this marks a “significant step”  towards a material contribution to the UK’s net zero targets, as well as stimulating jobs and acting as a UK pathfinder for carbon dioxide shipping.

Maritime heritage

Plans to install carbon capture technology will cover its current and in-development energy from waste (EfW) facilities, which will aim to capture c 1.4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year by 2030.

The project is located on the banks of the River Thames, allowing Cory to draw on its existing river operations and maritime heritage to ship liquified CO2 to the Port of Immingham, which is owned and operated by Associated British Ports (ABP). From there, it will be piped and permanently stored in the Viking depleted gas fields, just off the Humber coast.

Cory recently signed an exclusive commercial agreement with the Viking CCS transportation and storage network.

‘Important step’

Richard Wilkinson, project director at Cory, said: “I am delighted that we are taking the lead on decarbonising communities and businesses in London and the South East. The acceptance of our DCO application for examination is an important step, along with the investment that ABP and Viking are making, to ensuring that every detail has been considered to deliver a successful project by 2030.”

Graeme Davies, Viking CCS project director at Harbour Energy, said: “This is an important step towards developing the CO2 shipping sector in the UK. With the aim of reducing CO2 emissions by 10 million tonnes per annum by 2030, the Viking CCS project has the potential to make a critical contribution to the UK’s climate targets.”

Ralph Windeatt, group head of business development at Associated British Ports, said: “This project showcases the ability for CO2 shipping to connect dispersed emitters to transport and storage networks to share the economic and environmental benefits of CCS. It is a fantastic opportunity to lead the way in developing major port infrastructure projects for handling captured CO2, which will accelerate industrial decarbonisation. This will bring lasting economic benefits to the UK, driving the circular economy and supporting good jobs across communities.”

External advisors on the Cory project include WSP, LDA Design, Ardent and Pinsent Masons.

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