SSE Thermal and Equinor are actively developing Keadby 3, which could become the UK’s first power station equipped with carbon capture technology by the mid-2020s.

In line with our vision for a net-zero future, SSE Thermal has committed to only build power stations with a clear route to decarbonisation. With an electrical output of up to 910MW, Keadby 3 Carbon Capture Power Station will use natural gas as its fuel and will be fitted with a carbon capture plant to remove the CO2 from its emissions.

The UK Government recently announced its ambition for the UK to become a world leader in CCS technology, with a target to remove 10MT of CO2 by 2030. Keadby 3 is expected to offset at least 1.5MT of CO2 – 5% of the Government’s target. In December 2022, Keadby 3 became the first power CCS project in the UK to gain planning consent. 

Read our Powering The Next Generation report

Our Keadby 3 socio-economic report, published in April 2022, highlights the potential local, regional, and national benefits of the Keadby 3 Carbon Capture Power Station project.

Keadby 3 is designed to accelerate the UK's journey to net zero, while ensuring a just transition for workers and communities.

How does carbon capture and storage (CCS) work?

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is a technology that can capture at least 90% of the carbon dioxide emissions produced from the use of fossil fuels in electricity generation and industrial processes, preventing the carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere.

The CCS chain consists of three parts; capturing the carbon dioxide, transporting the carbon dioxide, and securely storing the carbon dioxide emissions underground, in depleted oil and gas fields or deep saline aquifer formations.

Keadby 3 will connect to the shared infrastructure being developed in the Humber to transport the captured CO2 and store it safely offshore.

DCO Application

The DCO for the Keadby 3 Carbon Capture project was granted by the SoS on 7th December 2022. Full details of the final DCO can be found below.

Copies of all project information, including the full application, can be found below.

Further details of next steps and the planning process can be found here 

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Emma Clark

Community Liaison Officer

+44 7881 287203

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