Sembcorp to collaborate on development of the first net zero emissions power plant in the UK with Whitetail Clean Energy
Sembcorp Industries (Sembcorp), through its UK subsidiary Sembcorp Energy UK (SEUK), today announces a collaboration agreement with Zero Degrees Whitetail Development Ltd., the UK subsidiary of US innovation firm 8 Rivers Capital, to explore the development of the UK’s first Net Zero emissions NET Power station at SEUK’s Wilton International site on Teesside.
Named Whitetail Clean Energy (Whitetail), the project is expected to produce about 300 megawatts (MW) of clean, efficient, low-cost electricity, with potential expansion options in the future. The Wilton International site in northeast England offers convenient port and pipeline access, where all Whitetail’s captured carbon dioxide can be conveniently transported to UK sequestration sites to be permanently stored in secure geological formations deep under the North Sea.
Subject to 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. The Whitetail facility is expected to harness the Allam-Fetvedt Cycle (AFC), a new type of power cycle pioneered by 8 Rivers Capital and NET Power, LLC, a clean energy technology company in the United States. The process 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 CO2 is produced so that it can be captured and stored offshore, making Whitetail a Net Zero emissions plant.
Sembcorp is one of the largest Singapore homegrown renewable energy players with more than 3,300 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy capacity globally. The company’s renewable energy portfolio comprises wind, solar and energy storage in key markets such as Singapore, Vietnam, China, India and the United Kingdom. As part of its strategic plan to transform its portfolio from brown to green, the company articulated its aim to quadruple its gross installed renewable energy capacity from 2.6 GW to 10 GW. The company has also committed to bold climate action to halve its GHG emissions by 2030 and deliver Net Zero emissions by 2050.