Enfinium in plans for £200m carbon capture and storage facility in North Wales

Plans for a £200m flagship carbon capture and storage (CCS) operation in North Wales have been revealed.

Enfinium, a leading UK energy from waste operator, plans to install CCS technology at its Parc Adfer facility in Deeside.

If approved it said the project could be capable of capturing up to 235,000 tonnes of Co2 every year and help accelerate efforts to achieve net zero. Its proposal has been put forward for grant support under the UK Government’s Track-1 HyNet carbon capture programme.

If approved the facility’s captured carbon would be transported using the pipeline network currently being developed in the region as one of the first two priority carbon capture clusters selected for development in the UK. Planning and consenting for the Parc Adfer CCS project will commence later this year. The UK Government is expected to provide an update on which projects are progressing through the programme by the summer.

Opened in 2019 in partnership with the five local authorities that make up the North Wales Residual Waste Treatment Partnership (NWRWTP), Parc Adfer currently diverts up to 232,000 tonnes of unrecyclable waste from landfill.

With CCS installed Enfinium said Parc Adfer would support the Welsh Government’s ambition to have 100% zero carbon power by 2035 and support over 1,000 jobs during its construction phase.

Mike Maudsley, chief executive 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 the wider North Wales region.”

Ben Burggraaf, chief executive of Net Zero Industry Wales, said: “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.”

Enfinium also has waste to energy plants in Kent and Yorkshire with two other projects in construction.