Drax and MHI to deliver the negative emissions project

16 June 2021

Drax Group and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering, Ltd., have agreed a long-term contract for Drax to use its carbon capture technology, the Advanced KM CDR process™, in what would be the largest deployment of negative emissions in power generation anywhere in the world. 

The contract, which combines UK innovation and world-leading Japanese technology, will see Drax license MHI’s unique carbon capture solvent, KS-21TM, to capture CO2 at its power station near Selby, North Yorkshire.

Drax is already the largest decarbonization project in Europe, having converted its power station to use sustainable biomass instead of coal, reducing its emissions by more than 85%. By deploying BECCS technology, Drax aims to go further - becoming carbon negative by 2030. The first BECCS unit at Drax could be operational as soon as 2027 - delivering the UK’s largest carbon capture project and permanently removing millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere each year.

As part of the agreement, MHI plans to locate its core CCS team at the company’s European headquarters in London and also looking at ways to strengthen its supply chain.