Tata Chemicals Europe enlisted our help in planning and delivering a carbon capture facility with the potential to capture up to 40,000 tonnes of CO2 per year, reducing their carbon emissions by 11%.
Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has risen to dangerously high levels since the Industrial Revolution, causing a global temperature rise that threatens the future of our planet.
In response, the UK government has outlined a ten point plan along with billions of pounds in funding to accelerate the path to net zero by speeding up the commercialisation of innovative low-carbon technologies, systems and processes.
Decarbonisation of energy intensive industries through carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS) is a key goal of the plan. With the support of part of a £4.2 million government grant, Tata Chemicals Europe enlisted our help in planning and delivering a carbon capture facility with the potential to capture up to 40,000 tonnes of CO2 per year, reducing their carbon emissions by 11%.
With decades of experience working in pioneering energy fields on large-scale projects, our experts at Axis were well placed to advise on the planning of Tata’s exciting development, which would be the first industrial-scale CCU demonstration plant in the UK.
Based at Tata’s Winnington sodium bicarbonate production site in Northwich, we led large multi-disciplinary teams on the planning, assessment and consenting of the innovative facility, which would capture CO2 and use it in the production of pharmaceutical grade sodium bicarbonate. Our experts advised on the planning and design strategy for the proposed facility and led on the production of the Environmental Statement, planning application and supporting documents.
We also conducted stakeholder and community engagement and prepared and submitted schemes to discharge conditions precedent to allow the lawful implementation of the project.
We were able to secure planning permission for the groundbreaking facility within 16 weeks; Tata’s CCU plant is now operational and already contributing to a cleaner, greener future for the UK. Such was the success of the development that it was showcased as a key pilot study for crucial decarbonisation technology in the December 2020 Government Energy White Paper.
Axis Director David Adams said: “We’re so excited to be an integral part of such a nationally important development. The project represents the first of its kind in the UK and is being highlighted as an example of the type of development solution required to ensure that the UK meets its net zero commitments.”
Projects Director at Tata Chemicals Dr Ladan Iravanian added: “We worked closely with Axis on this groundbreaking project and their support in the planning process has been invaluable. The Axis team brings experience, energy and insights that helped shape our planning application.”
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