Aberthaw post-combustion project
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.