CCUS is vital for decarbonising:

•             Industrial heat and processes

•             Low carbon transport fuels

•             Intermittent & base load power generation

•             Hydrogen as a low carbon energy vector

The Committee on Climate Change has recommended that the first CCUS cluster in the UK is operational by 2026 with large scale storage available by 2035. HyNet North West is an integrated hydrogen and CCUS project led by Cadent which sets out a vision to achieve this.

CCUS in the North West

The North West has a cluster of energy intensive industrial gas users around the Ellesmere Port area. Establishing CCUS in industrial areas such as this one maximises potential cost savings and supports the use of the technology across different sectors (e.g. heat and power).
HyNet North West sets out a low cost, practical and timely option for the UK’s first CCUS deployment through the re-use of the Liverpool Bay oil and gas fields and related infrastructure. Deliverable by 2026, it meets the UK Government’s ambition for CCUS deployment.
The Liverpool Bay site, owned by ENI, has an estimated CO2 storage capacity of 130 million tonnes. Gas extraction is likely to cease within the required project timeframe and reusing the site for CCUS would avoid or postpone substantial decommissioning costs, payable by government and industry. A 2016 study by the Energy Technologies Institute cited Hamilton Field at Liverpool Bay as the lowest cost scale UK CCS option (>100Mte.), on the basis of the overall project life cycle cost. There are other nearby opportunities for extension at Morecambe Bay, and the infrastructure could be used by other industry, power generators and in the production of low carbon transport fuels. Read the study here.