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Aberthaw post-combustion project

Brief description:


Country: United Kingdom

Project type: Capture

Scale: Small

Status: Under construction

Capital cost: £8.4 million

Year of operation 2012
Industry: Coal Power Plant

MW capacity: 3

Capture method: Post-combustion

New or retrofit: Retrofit
Transport of CO2 by: none

Type of storage: Not decided


Units being assembled in 2011

Shell and RWE npower have joined forces to build a 3MW post-combustion capture pilot plant at Aberthaw Power Station in Wales. The plant will deploy Cansolv Technologies' capture technology and be capable of capturing 50 tonnes of CO2 per day from flue gases, equivalent to emissions from 3MW of the plant's 1.5GW capacity. The pilot is expected to contribute to developing more effective, reliable and cost-effective post-combustion CO2 capture technology, as well as consider CCS chain integration issues. The pilot captured its first tonne of CO2 in January 2013.

The capture facility will undertake a two-year R&D programme after commissioning, which aims to help the partners better understand the use of the technology at full-scale on coal-fired plants, and will also assess environmental performance. The project had an initial £8.4 million investment.

Other information and press releases

First tonne of CO2 captured, 20 January 2013

npower workshop presentation, March 2012

Project contract announced, npower PR, December 2009

Companies involved