Plans for UK’s first Net Zero emissions power plant
US clean energy innovation firm 8 Rivers Capital, LLC, acting through its UK subsidiary, Zero Degrees Whitetail Development Ltd. (ZDW), and Sembcorp Energy UK (SEUK), part of Singapore-based Sembcorp Industries, announce a collaboration agreement to potentially develop the UK’s first NET Power station at SEUK’s Wilton International site on Teesside. The Whitetail Clean Energy project (Whitetail) is expected to produce about 300 megawatts (MW) of clean, efficient, low-cost electricity, with potential expansion options in the future.
8 Rivers’ UK group aims to advance multiple 300MW facilities in the United Kingdom through its Zero Degrees development business and could commission a NET Power station in the United Kingdom as soon as 2025. The Wilton International site offers convenient port and pipeline access, meaning that 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 regulatory support and if finalised to proceed, the collaboration agreement signed by ZDW and SEUK constitutes an important US-UK alliance with the potential to support a significant investment in decarbonisation in Teesside. The Whitetail facility is expected to harness the Allam-Fetvedt Cycle (AFC), pioneered by NET Power and 8 Rivers Capital. 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.
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