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Three major industry players join forces to deliver CCUS projects in UK

Aker Solutions, Siemens Energy and Doosan Babcock have formed a consortium which will see the three companies draw upon more than 450 years of combined experience to develop technology and solutions for the growing UK carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) market.

Illustration (Courtesy of Aker Solutions)
Illustration (Courtesy of Aker Solutions)

The main objective of the consortium will be to deliver solutions that enable customers to achieve their decarbonization goals.

The strategy for the consortium is to provide both the solutions and facilities that will enable reaching the UK’s global climate change objectives, and to simultaneously contribute to developing new sustainable industrial opportunities, jobs and value creation at large.

Together, the companies employ more than 6,500 people across the UK and offer established and proven combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) engineering and design as well as extensive UK-based engineering, fabrication and construction services.

Aker Solutions will assume the role of project integrator in the newly formed consortium that will work in close collaboration with Aker Carbon Capture which provides CO2 capture technology, the partners said.

Stephen Bull, executive vice president and head of Aker Solutions’ renewables business, said: “CCUS is integral to the UK’s net-zero commitments, and the formation of this consortium further demonstrates our commitment to ensuring much needed technologies reach commercial scale.

“Just as the transition to net-zero isn’t going to be solved by one technology alone, the development of advanced solutions will require the strength of more than one company. Collaboration with other organizations and industries to draw on each other’s capabilities, knowledge and experience is going to be vital to reach net zero by 2050.

“Joining forces with Siemens Energy and Doosan Babcock creates a strategic platform for us to combine our strengths and work together to offer best in class capability, choice and local UK delivery”.

Andrew Colquhoun, chief executive officer of Doosan Babcock, added: “The planned investment in CCUS will result in significant investment into communities in Scotland, the North East of England and Wales. As a consortium with a large UK workforce we support the government’s aims for a green recovery and aim to ‘level up’ by safeguarding and creating many high-skilled jobs in these communities”.

Earlier this year, Aker Solutions formed a consortium with Siemens Energy to deliver HVDC (high-voltage, direct current) converter stations for ScottishPower Renewables’ East Anglia THREE offshore wind project in the UK.

Aker Solutions also partnered with Doosan Babcock in March 2021 to jointly deliver projects for low-carbon solutions and renewable energy in the UK.

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