SSE Thermal and Equinor are promoting one of the UK’s first power stations equipped with carbon capture technology. The project, Keadby Carbon Capture Power Station, or ‘Keadby 3’, would be a new 900MW power station in North Lincolnshire, fuelled by natural gas and fitted with carbon capture technology to remove CO2 from its emissions. The new power station would replace older, carbon-intensive generation on the electricity grid, providing flexible and efficient power to support intermittent renewable generation and maintain security of supply through the net zero transition. A Development Consent Order (DCO) is required to construct and operate the project.
The power station would connect into the onshore CO2 pipeline infrastructure being developed by the Zero Carbon Humber (ZCH) partnership – which includes Equinor and SSE Thermal – and offshore CO2 infrastructure being developed by the Northern Endurance Partnership (NEP), which includes Equinor. This would see the captured CO2 transported from the Keadby site and securely stored under the Southern North Sea.
DWD has provided all planning and consultation support to the project since March 2020 as part of a consultant team led by AECOM. A variety of distanced public and statutory consultation opportunities were provided, including a virtual exhibition, internet advertising, newsletters, and longer timescales for consultation responses.
The 6,000-page digital DCO application was submitted by DWD on 1 June 2021 and is currently undergoing acceptance checks by the Planning Inspectorate on behalf of the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. DWD and AECOM are also supporting SSE Thermal and Equinor’s proposals for Peterhead Carbon Capture Power Station.