Major investment in chemicals park will develop liquid CO2 storage facility
Hull’s Saltend Chemicals Park, owned and operated by px Group, has been selected by Future Biogas as the site for up to 32 new CO2 storage tanks in an investment worth tens of millions of pounds.
Future Biogas is a biogas plant developer and operations specialist.
Its planned Saltend facility will facilitate temporary storage of 200,000 tonnes of liquified CO2 annually by mid-2025, and up to 400,000 tonnes of CO2 by the end of 2028.
The CO2 is a by-product of Anaerobic Digestion plants and will be captured and liquified at the facilities operated by Future Biogas.
As part of the development, px Group will be involved in the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the infrastructure at the Park, and potentially the CO2 storage facility itself.
px Group says Saltend was chosen for its expertise in handling complex, high-hazard materials and its quality record on safety.
Future Biogas adds that Saltend’s role in UK decarbonisation, and its strategic goal of attracting key players in sustainable energy supply chains, was critical to it choosing this location.
Saltend was recently selected as the site for a world-scale hydrogen plant – the flagship project of the Zero Carbon Humber decarbonisation initiative which recently secured major Government funding.
Geoff Holmes, CEO of px Group, said: “Today marks another significant milestone at Saltend with this major investment from Future Biogas, a company that itself is investing in this and other projects with a negative carbon footprint and quickening the country’s journey to Net Zero.”
Garry Gibbon, px group commercial manager, who oversaw the partnership with Future Biogas, said: “Once again we have seen our commitment to top-class infrastructure at Saltend reap rewards. The development of Future Biogas is testament to the facilities and expertise on site.”
Philipp Lukas, Future Biogas CEO, added: “The environment at Saltend is ideal – the park has fantastic facilities, experienced people, and infrastructure which will support early exports to ‘Northern Lights’ whilst being complementary to Zero Carbon Humber in the future.
“We’re looking forward to 2025 when the first deliveries of green-CO2 removed from the atmosphere roll into Saltend for onward transportation to permanent sequestration.”
Future Biogas will transport liquified CO2 that it captures from its Anaerobic Digestion (AD) and Bio-Energy sites across the UK via trucks to Saltend.
Saltend’s facilities will temporarily store the liquid CO2 in the built-to-specification tanks.
From the tanks, the liquid CO2 will be transported onto specially designed vessels for transportation to the Northern Lights Carbon Capture and Underground Storage project (CCUS), which is supported by the Norwegian Government and is currently under construction.