Storegga, a UK  company pioneering carbon reduction and removal projects, and Carbon Engineering (CE), a leading  Direct Air Capture (DAC) provider, announced on June 24 they have begun engineering and design of a  DAC facility that will permanently remove between 500,000 and one million tonnes of carbon dioxide  from the atmosphere annually. (Logo quoted from Yahoo’s image)


Targeted for North-East Scotland, the proposed facility will be the first  large-scale facility of its kind in Europe and the partners are aiming for it to be operational by 2026.  Once complete, it will be a model for how this clean infrastructure can be deployed across the continent  to help achieve critical net zero targets, while also creating thousands of local jobs and businesses.  


Following a successful feasibility study in the first half of 2021, Storegga and CE, have commenced  preliminary engineering and design of the proposed facility, also known as Pre-Front End Engineering  and Design (Pre-FEED). This work will focus on engineering design, further developing costs, and  economic modelling of a DAC plant in North-East Scotland. A shortlist of potential sites has been  identified with the final preferred site to be selected as part of this work. The project will complete in Q1  2022, with detailed engineering expected to follow in Q2 2022. 


Scotland offers numerous advantages for the deployment of DAC projects, including abundant  renewable energy sources to power the technology, existing infrastructure that can be redeployed, and a skilled workforce from the North Sea oil and gas industry that have the skills needed to develop and  operate DAC plants. Scotland also offers significant offshore storage sites where the captured  atmospheric carbon dioxide can be safely and permanently stored deep below the seabed. 


DAC technology, when combined with secure geological storage, delivers the permanent and verifiable  removal of carbon dioxide from the air, reversing the emissions process. For sectors of the economy that are currently challenging to decarbonise directly, such as aviation, shipping, and oil and gas, this  form of greenhouse gas removal provides an effective way to address their carbon footprint and achieve  net zero targets. It also delivers a mechanism to eliminate emissions from the past, providing a tool to  achieve full climate restoration. 


Whilst DAC facilities can be located almost anywhere in the world, when the captured carbon dioxide  is being permanently stored underground, the optimal location is directly adjacent to appropriate geological storage sites. Locations being considered by the partnership for this facility are in proximity  to the Acorn CCS project. 


Acorn is one of the most mature UK CCS and hydrogen projects and is  positioned to be the most cost-effective and scalable CCS project in the UK. The Acorn project is  currently in the detailed engineering and design phase of development and is planned to be operational  by the mid 2020’s. DAC, CCS and hydrogen technologies are complementary solutions that provide  key tools for the UK to meet its net zero targets.