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Bechtel, Drax join forces to explore global opportunities for BECCS power plants

Wood pellet storage domes at Drax Power Station (Source: Drax)

Bechtel has announced that it has entered into a partnership with renewable energy company Drax to identify opportunities to construct new Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) power plants globally.

Drax is the largest decarbonization project in Europe having converted its power station near Selby in North Yorkshire to use sustainable biomass instead of coal.

By deploying BECCs' vital negative emissions technology, Drax aims to go further, by becoming a carbon negative company by 2030.

Analysis by independent experts including the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and International Energy Agency has identified that BECCS and other technologies that can remove emissions from the atmosphere will need to be developed at a global scale over the coming years limit climate change to 1.5 degrees of warming.

Bechtel will focus its study on strategically important regions for newly build BECCS plants, including North America and Western Europe, as well as reviewing how to optimize the design of a BECCS plant using state-of-the-art engineering to maximize efficiency, performance, and cost.

Jamie Cochrane, Bechtel Manager of Energy Transition said: "Technological advancements have created new opportunities to improve how we bring power to communities worldwide. We are resolved to work with our customers on projects that deliver effective ways to contribute to a clean energy future. Tackling the big global challenges related to climate change is key to meeting aggressive environmental targets and we are proud to partner with Drax to optimize the design and explore locations for the new generation of BECCS facilities."

Jason Shipstone, Drax Group Chief Innovation Officer, said: "Negative emissions technologies such as BECCS are crucial in tackling the global climate crisis and at Drax we're planning to retrofit this to our UK power station, demonstrating global climate leadership in the transformation of a former coal-fired power station."

"We're interested in potential opportunities for exporting BECCS overseas, where Drax could help other countries take positive action to address the climate crisis and meet the Paris climate commitments by using innovative carbon capture technology to permanently remove CO2 from the atmosphere."

Negative emissions technologies remove more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than they emit and are widely accepted by the world's leading authorities on climate change as being essential in the fight against climate change.

Author : Moulin Oza
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