Project overview

We’re proposing to install carbon capture technology at Riverside 1 and Riverside 2, our energy from waste facilities used to process non-recyclable waste to produce partially renewable baseload electricity. The carbon dioxide (CO2) which is captured would then be stored permanently and safely under the North Sea in depleted oil and gas fields.

As well as being an important part of reaching our target of being net zero by 2040, the project will also contribute to the UK’s net zero emissions target by delivering negative carbon emissions.

In addition to the planned carbon capture facilities, we’re engaging with key stakeholders such as the Friends of Crossness Nature Reserve, Thames Water and Peabody to improve green spaces in the local area and provide positive outcomes for nature and the local community.

The project would likely comprise two carbon capture plants (one per EfW facility) each with compression, conditioning and liquefaction plants and liquefied CO2 storage tanks. An alternative single carbon capture plant configuration is being considered too. A new export jetty is also proposed, which would allow the captured liquified CO2 to be transported by ship along the River Thames to a safe storage site in the North Sea.

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Indicative site layout plan

Site Layout Plan
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Work has been ongoing to consider development area options for the project, with the preferred location at the top of Norman Road, immediately south of Riverside 1 and Riverside 2. This location uses paddocks that form part of the Crossness Nature Reserve and is designated as Metropolitan Open Land. Our project also includes the opportunity to create a net increase to the area covered by the Crossness Nature Reserve. This could see the total area covered by the reserve increase by six hectares – growing from the current 25 hectares to a new total of 31 hectares shown on the green hatched area (above), which will be retained as open green space.

Construction is targeted to begin in 2026, with two programmes being considered; either to build both sets of carbon capture plant at the same time (or in a single plant configuration), or to phase them where two are built. Both Carbon Capture Facilities are intended to be fully operational by 2030. More information can be found in Volume 1, Chapter 2 of the PEIR: Site and Proposed Scheme Description.

Following extensive stakeholder and community engagement, our application for a Development Consent Order (DCO) has been accepted for examination by the Planning Inspectorate.

The project will now move to the next stage of the decision-making process in which a panel of independent inspectors will conduct an examination of the application and make a recommendation to the Secretary of State.


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Full details of the site and proposed scheme description can be found in Volume 1, Chapter 2 of the PEIR

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