Norway’s Equinor and Scottish energy company SSE have submitted two “low-carbon” projects for the next round of funding under the UK government’s Cluster Sequencing process.

SSE has confirmed the duo have submitted their two planned power stations that will be equipped with carbon capture technology for consideration in the UK government’s latest funding round.

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This includes the Keadby-3 carbon capture power station in the Humber region, that will see captured emissions sent for storage beneath the North Sea via shared pipelines being developed through the Zero Carbon Humber and East Coast Cluster partnerships.

The pair are also seeking funding for their planned Peterhead power station, on the Aberdeenshire coast in Scotland, that would see captured emissions transported and stored using pipelines being developed by the Acorn Project.

SSE claims the two plants could capture up to 3 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per annum, equivalent to 10% of the UK government’s 2030 target.

"SSE’s Net Zero Acceleration Programme will see us invest £12.5 billion ($16.8 billion) over the next five years with a focus on low-carbon infrastructure, and whilst renewable generation is at the heart of that strategy, we know we will need flexible low-carbon power to ensure security of supply when the wind doesn’t blow and the sun doesn’t shine,” said SSE’s group energy and commercial director, Martin Pibworth.

"That is why carbon capture projects, like the ones we are developing at Keadby and Peterhead, are so important. The UK government clearly recognises the pivotal role carbon capture will play in helping to achieve net zero targets, with the Cluster Sequencing Process essential to getting projects up and running as soon as possible."

Other low carbon projects

SSE Thermal and Equinor are also working on two additional projects in the UK’s Humber region.

This includes Keadby Hydrogen, which the pair claim could be the world’s first 100% hydrogen-fuelled power station, while they are also partners in the Aldbrough Hydrogen Storage project, located in East Yorkshire, which could become one of the world's largest hydrogen storage facilities.

Equinor had indicated that it had submitted proposals for the power stations last week when confirming it had submitted its planned Hydrogen 2 Humber (H2H) Saltend production facility into the second phase of the Cluster Sequencing process.

It is also involved in the submission for the Net Zero Teesside Power project, developed in partnership with BP.

In October, the UK government revealed that the East Coast Cluster and the Eni-led HyNet carbon capture, storage and utilisation projects had been selected as initial beneficiaries of £1 billion in funding under the Cluster Sequencing process.

The second phase of the Cluster Sequencing programme opened the door for decarbonisation projects within the cluster to enter Phase Two, with results expected in May.