Tata Chemicals plans first UK industrial carbon capture demo plant

Tata Chemicals plans first UK industrial carbon capture

Tata Chemicals Europe (TCE) has planned to develop the largest carbon capture plant in the UK aimed to trap tonnes of industrial carbon emissions that in turn contribute to climate changes, said the firm on Thursday.

These carbon emissions will be directed towards making chemicals like sodium carbonate which are found in eye-drops, antacid as well as Pot Noodle, the firm further added.

The carbon capture and utilisation (CCU) plant, which costs around 16.7mn pound, will be developed in Cheshire and is expected to begin operations in the year 2021.

The CCU plant will not just cut down carbon emissions but also help secure supplies of crucial raw materials and grow the export of the company’s product worldwide, said Martin Ashcroft, MD of TCE.

Several countries are looking at ways to build projects that help accomplish their set climate targets; however the major obstacle faced by them is the cost. Currently, there are less than 20 huge Carbon capture, storage and use (CCSU) in operation worldwide but several more would be required to deal with the present climate crisis, says the International Energy Agency.

Notably, TCE is the only sodium bicarbonate and soda ash manufacturer and a leading salt producer in the UK. The products of the company are materials meant for the food, glass, chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturing sectors.

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