£200m for carbon capture at North Wales energy-from-waste site

Parc Adfer in Deeside will be transformed into the country’s largest prodcucer of carbon negative power. 

Once operational, the facility, operated by enfinium, which already announced carbon capture and storage [CCS] for another Welsh site, will sequester and store 235,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year produced by biogenic materials. As a result, over time it will remove more CO2 than it emits into the atmosphere. 

Over 1,000 green jobs will be created through the work, while further development could involve a UK Government grant as part of the Track-1 carbon capture programme. The site, which opened in 2019 through a partnership with five Welsh local authorities, currently diverts 232,000 tonnes of unrecyclable waste away from landfill, resulting in a lower environmental footprint per tonne of waste disposed.

Though investment in carbon capture and storage [CCS], it is hoped 100% zero carbon power output will be achieved by 2035. Planning and consenting is set to begin later this year, with a Downing Street update on the progress of projects already in the Track-1 HyNet Expansion programme for carbon storage development due in summer. 

‘North-East Wales has an exciting opportunity to leverage technologies like carbon capture and hydrogen to produce the sustainable goods and services of the future. It is critical that projects like those at Parc Adfer move forward as quickly as possible to maintain our competitive advantage over other countries,’ said Ben Burggraaf, CEO of Net Zero Industry Wales.’

‘To deliver a net zero carbon economy, Wales needs to find a way to produce carbon removals, or negative emissions, at scale. Installing carbon capture at the Parc Adfer facility would transform it into the largest generator of carbon negative power in Wales, decarbonise unrecyclable waste and support the green economy in Deeside and wider North Wales region,’ added Mike Maudsley, CEO of enfinium.

More on carbon capture and storage: 

Carbon capture and storage for UK’s largest waste-to-energy site

UK ‘greenwashing oil and gas’ with Scotland Acorn CCS approval

Many decarbonisation pledges relying on unproven tech

Image: enfinium 


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