Viridor commits £20m to Runcorn CCS project as it signs partners

Following the recent announcement that Viridor has agreed a statement of principles with the Department for energy security and net zero (DESNZ) for its Runcorn carbon capture (CCS) project, the company has signed with two partners to progress to the next stage of development.

Viridor said that progression to this phase of design activity will take its spend commitments on the project to over £20m.

Technip Energies has been awarded the Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) contract and Ficthner has been chosen to provide Owner’s Engineer (OE) services.

As part of the FEED study, Technip Energies will deliver a design using its Canopy by T.EN solution powered by the Shell CANSOLV CO2 capture technology.

Under the OE services, Fichtner will assist with the supervision and quality assurance of the FEED studies being prepared by Technip Energies, following its longstanding partnership with Viridor.


James Eyton, head of CCUS at Viridor said: “Our Runcorn CCS project is accelerating into a very exciting phase of design development and, with new levels of investment and the signing of these two major contracts, we are in a strong position to take a big step towards bringing this project to reality.

“We have a strong team to deliver upon our objectives at this stage of the project. Deliverability is an essential goal, which Technip Energies’ Shell CANSOLV CO2 capture technology has the potential to achieve, with Fichtner on hand to provide depth of engineering expertise and assurance of delivering value for taxpayer money.”

The project is set to capture in excess of 900,000 tonnes of CO2 annually and will play a crucial role in the regional decarbonisation strategy through its CO2 supply to the HyNet cluster sequencing programme in the North West.

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