About the White Rose CCS Project

The world’s first commercial scale, full chain, carbon capture and storage coal-fired power plant is being proposed by developer, Capture Power. The White Rose Carbon Capture and Storage Project (White Rose CCS Project), will comprise a state-of-the-art coal-fired power plant that is equipped with full carbon capture and storage technology. The project is intended to prove CCS technology at commercial scale and demonstrate it as a competitive form of low carbon power generation and as an important technology in tackling climate change. It will also play an important role in establishing a CO2 transportation and storage network in the Yorkshire and Humber area.

The standalone power plant will be located adjacent to the existing Drax Power Station site near Selby, North Yorkshire, generating electricity for export to the national transmission network as well as capturing approximately 2 million tonnes of CO2 per year, some 90% of all CO2 emissions produced by the plant. The CO2 will be transported through National Grid’s proposed pipeline for safe and permanent undersea storage in the North Sea.

The GE power plant technology, known as oxy-fuel combustion, burns fuel in a modified combustion environment with the resulting combustion gases being high in CO2 concentration. This allows the CO2 produced to be captured without the need for additional chemical separation, before being piped for storage.

Capture Power plans to develop, implement and operate the White Rose CCS Project and National Grid will construct and operate the CO2 transport pipeline – the Yorkshire and Humber CCS Cross-Country Pipeline – and, with partners, the permanent CO2 undersea storage facilities at a North Sea site. More information about that project can be viewed at the National Grid CCS pipeline website

At a national level the White Rose CCS Project will contribute to a range of potential benefits:

  • Demonstrating oxy-fuel CCS technology as a cost effective and viable low carbon technology.
  • Reducing CO2 emissions in order to meet future environmental legislation and combat climate change.
  • Improving the UK’s security of electricity supply by providing a new, flexible and reliable coal-based low-carbon electricity generation option.
  • Generating enough low-carbon electricity to supply the energy needs of the equivalent of over 630,000 households.
  • Acting as an anchor project for the development of a CO2 transportation and storage network in the UK’s most energy intensive region thereby facilitating decarbonisation and attracting new investment.

Local benefits of the proposal include:

  • An expected average of 1,000 new construction jobs during the construction period of the power plant.
  • At least 60 operational jobs at the new plant as well as additional indirect supply and maintenance posts.
  • Some 1,000 construction jobs during the construction of the pipeline, and some 40 permanent jobs thereafter.
  • Increased turnover for local businesses during the construction and operational periods.

Peter Emery, Director at Capture Power, describes why the Yorkshire and Humber region is particularly suited to CCS

Richard Simon-Lewis, Head of Finance at Capture Power, describes how commercial aspects of the White Rose CCS Project will be developed