Enfinium to invest £200m in CCS technology

Enfinium, a UK-based energy from waste (EfW) operator, has announced plans to invest £200 million into carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology at its Parc Adfer facility in Deeside, North Wales.

Enfinium Parc Adfer Energy from Waste facility on Deeside
Enfinium Parc Adfer Energy from Waste facility on Deeside
The CCS technology is intended to provide ‘carbon removals’ which could contribute to the UK’s net zero ambitions.

Once operational the project could capture up to 235,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide every year. As over half of the waste processed at the Parc Adfer EfW plant is organic, installing CCS would enable the facility to take more carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere than it produces.

The captured carbon will be transported using the pipeline network currently being developed for the HyNet carbon capture cluster in North West England and North Wales.

Enfinium claims the project will support over 1,000 jobs during construction and boost Wales’ capacity to generate carbon negative power. The Welsh Government aims to meet 100 per cent of its electricity needs from renewable sources by 2035.

Mike Maudsley, CEO of enfinium, said: “To deliver a net zero carbon economy, Wales needs to find a way to produce carbon removals, or negative emissions, at scale.”

“Installing carbon capture at the Parc Adfer facility would transform it into the largest generator of carbon negative power in Wales, decarbonise unrecyclable waste and support the green economy in Deeside and wider North Wales region.”

Opened in 2019 in partnership with the five local authorities that make up the North Wales Residual Waste Treatment Partnership (NWRWTP), Parc Adfer currently processes up to 232,000 tonnes of residual waste from landfill. According to the National Infrastructure Commission, emissions from EfW plants are lower per tonne of waste compared to landfill, a finding challenged by research conducted on behalf of Zero Waste Scotland.

Ben Burggraaf, CEO of Net Zero Industry Wales, commented: “North-East Wales has an exciting opportunity to leverage technologies like carbon capture and hydrogen to produce the sustainable goods and services of the future.”

“It is critical that projects like those at Parc Adfer move forward as quickly as possible to maintain our competitive advantage over other countries.”

Planning and consenting for the Parc Adfer CCS project will commence later this year. The proposal is seeking grant support from the UK Government’s ‘Track-1’ carbon capture programme.

The UK Government is expected to provide an update on which projects are progressing through the Track-1 HyNet Expansion programme by the summer.


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