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Published on: June 29, 2022, 12:39 p.m.
TCE opens carbon capture plant in UK
  • The carbon capture plant marks a major step towards sustainable manufacturing

By Business India Editorial

Tata Chemicals Europe (TCE) has opened the UK’s first industrial-scale carbon capture and usage plant, signalling a key milestone in the race to meet the country’s net-zero targets.

The £20 million investment has been completed by UK-based TCE, one of Europe’s leading producers of sodium carbonate, salt and sodium bicarbonate. The plant captures 40,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year -- the equivalent to taking over 20,000 cars off the roads -- and reduces TCE’s carbon emissions by more than 10 per cent. 

The project will help unlock the future of carbon capture as it demonstrates the viability of the technology to remove carbon dioxide from power plant emissions and to use it in high end manufacturing applications.

In a world-first, carbon dioxide captured from energy generation emissions is being purified to food and pharmaceutical grade and used as a raw material in the manufacture of sodium bicarbonate which will be known as Ecokarb. This innovative process is patented in the UK with patents pending in key territories around the world.

Ecokarb will be exported to over 60 countries around the world. Much of the sodium bicarbonate exported will be used in haemodialysis to treat people living with kidney disease.

The carbon capture plant, which was supported with a £4.2m grant through the UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s (BEIS) Energy Innovation Programme, marks a major step towards sustainable manufacturing which will see TCE make net-zero sodium bicarbonate and one of the lowest carbon footprint sodium carbonate products in the world. These are used to make essential items like glass, washing detergents, pharmaceutical products, food, animal feed and in water purification.

Martin Ashcroft, Managing Director of Tata Chemicals Europe, said: “The completion of the carbon capture and utilisation plant enables us to reduce our carbon emissions, whilst securing our supply of high purity carbon dioxide, a critical raw material, helping us to grow the export of our pharmaceutical grade products across the world.

“With the support of our parent company, Tata Chemicals, and BEIS, we have been able to deliver this hugely innovative project, enabling our UK operations to take a major step in our carbon emissions reduction journey. Since 2000 we've reduced our carbon intensity by 50 percent and have a clear roadmap to reduce this by 80 percent by 2030.”

Kwasi Kwarteng, Secretary of State for Business and Energy, said: “This cutting-edge plant, backed by £4.2 million government funding, demonstrates how carbon capture is attracting new private capital into the UK and is boosting new innovation in green technologies.”


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