Sembcorp partners with UK firm for net-zero emissions power plant dev’t

The power plant is expected to generate about 300 megawatts of clean energy.

Sembcorp Industries said it is collaborating with a United Kingdom-based firm for the development of the first Net-Zero NET Power station in the UK.

The renewable energy firm said, through its subsidiary Sembcorp Energy UK (SEUK), it will collaborate with Zero Degrees Whitetail Development Ltd., a subsidiary of the US innovation firm 8 Rivers Capital in the UK, for the development of the power station. The power station will be at SEUK’s Wilton International site on Teesside, which it said has convenient port and pipeline access.

Sembcorp said project Whitetail Clean Energy is expected to produce 300 megawatts of “clean, efficient, low-cost electricity, with potential expansion options in the future.”

“Subject to the UK regulatory support and if finalised to proceed, the collaboration agreement is an important milestone in advancing the decarbonisation of Teesside towards net-zero, through the deployment of new technology,” Sembcorp said in a release, 13 July.

The Whitetail facility is expected to use the Allam-Fetvedt Cycle, a new type of cycle started by 8 Rivers Capital and US-based clean energy technology NET Power, LLC, the process which “combusts natural gas with oxygen, rather than air, and uses supercritical carbon dioxide (CO2) as a working fluid to drive a turbine instead of steam.”

“As a result, all air emissions, including traditional pollutants and CO2, are eliminated and pipeline-quality COis produced so that it can be captured and stored offshore, making Whitetail a net-zero emissions plant,” Sembcorp said. 

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