Paris, January 24, 2012 — Alstom and Drax announced that industrial gases provider BOC will join them as a co-developer on the 426 MW oxy-fired carbon capture and storage project currently under development at the Drax site in North Yorkshire.
BOC was selected following a competitive process and brings technology in the field of air separation as well as complementary plant engineering and integration capabilities from its parent The Linde Group that will further enhance the deliverability of the project.
The project will link into the Humber Cluster carbon dioxide transport and offshore storage network currently under development by National Grid. The key partners in this industry initiative represent a European industrial alliance to fast-track the commercialization of CCS technologies.
The project is a candidate for NER-300 funding, following the submission of the project by the U.K. DECC Office of Carbon Capture and Storage to the E.U. process in May 2011. The developers further intend to apply for support under the upcoming U.K. DECC CCS Demonstration Program. The completed project will demonstrate the technical and commercial viability of CCS as a competitive low-carbon technology and an important part of the post 2020 energy mix in the U.K.