Engineering major Worley has been awarded a contract to provide the early front-end engineering and design (pre-FEED) for the first two carbon capture units at Drax Group’s power station in North Yorkshire, UK. Each unit is expected to capture approximately 4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide a year.

The CC units will incorporate the negative emissions process scheme, Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS). Drax has successfully piloted BECCS which generates renewable electricity while permanently removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Worley’s work includes developing the plant layout, cost estimation and schedules for FEED and detailed engineering, procurement and construction. It will also explore options to integrate the project into the existing Drax site at an industrial scale and provide studies to optimise performance and cost.

This project could result in the power station becoming carbon-negative and contribute to the Humber district’s ambition to become the UK’s first zero-carbon industrial cluster. It is believed that this project has the potential to inspire future decarbonisation projects from nearby industry.