Tata and Drax among firms awarded £26m for carbon capture projects

The government has today awarded nine companies a total of £26m for carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) projects, with one expected to be up and running by 2021.

Chris Skidmore, energy and clean growth minister, announced the allocation of the funding today on a visit to Tata Chemicals Europe’s plant in Winnington, Cheshire. 

The plant, which is the UK’s only manufacturer of soda ash and sodium bicarbonate, is being awarded £4.2m toward the construction of a facility to capture and utilise 40,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year.

According to BEIS, this would make it the UK’s largest carbon capture project to date, removing 100 times more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than the country’s current largest facility.

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