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Ferrybridge CCSPilot100+ Fact Sheet: Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Project

Company/Alliance: Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE), Doosan Babcock and Vattenfall

Location: Ferrybridge Station, West Yorkshire, England, UK

Feedstock: Coal/ small proportion of biomass

Size: 5 MW pilot:100 tons per day

Capture Technology: Post-combustion capture with amines

CO2 Fate: Vented

Timing: Pilot plant completed after 2 years (2012-December 2013)

Scale Up: 500 MW retrofit with super critical boiler and turbine. Cancelled


The total cost will include ₤250 million (US$ 504 million) for installation of the super critical plant and ₤100 million (US$ 201 million) for post combustion capture.

For the CCPilot100+ project, a total of £21 million is being invested in the plant, including £6.3 million from DECC, the Technology Strategy Board and Northern Way.

Doosan Babcock (previously Mitsui Babcock), Siemens and UK Coal will undertake the front end engineering design of the carbon capture.


The Doosan Babcock, SSE and Vattenfall consortium successfully completed the two year test programme on the CCPilot100+ post combustion carbon capture (PCC) pilot plant at SSE’s Ferrybridge Power Station in December 2013.

Following completion of its construction phase, the Ferrybridge Carbon Capture Pilot (CCPilot100+) was launched on 30 November 2011 as a collaborative project between government and industry. The project will test amine based post combustion capture (PCC) technology on a real working power station. The test programme will run during 2012 and 2013 to optimize the process and components, and develop performance models. 100 tons of CO2 per day are currently being captured from a flue gas slipstream corresponding to approximately 5 MW of electric power. The stream is extracted after the newly commissioned flue gas desulphurisation unit at Ferrybridge power station. The retrofit, with the super critical boiler and turbine, will capture, through an efficiency increase from 36% to 45%, 0.5 MT/Yr CO2.

As the largest carbon capture plant of any type in the UK at present, Ferrybridge is a significant step forward in the world of CCS as a critical bridge between research and commercialisation. In 2003, the Ferrybridge Station was listed as the second highest polluter in the UK.

Project Link: Ferrybridge CCS project website

Technical Papers:

Fitzgerald, F D, S A Hume, G McGough, K Damen, Ferrybridge CCPilot100+ Operating Experience and Final Test Results, Energy Procedia, Vol 63, pp 6239-6251, (2014). <Link to PDF>

Other Sources and Press Releases:

SSE Ferrybridge CCPilot100+ UK's biggest carbon capture pilot project opens (November 2011)
ERG Installs Flue Gas Desulphurization Unit at Ferrybridge Power Station (August 2011)
Vattenfall's Ferrybridge CCS pilot project page
British government funds SSE clean coal pilot in CCS plan (March 2010)
Ferrybridge Power Station awarded £6.3 million to trial Carbon Capture and Storage technology (March 2010)
SSE announces plans for UK CCS trial ( November 2009)
Scottish and Southern Energy pushes Ferrybridge CCS project (November 2009)
Campaigners name 'top polluters' (August 2003)