SWIC Project to Decarbonise Industry in South Wales Gets Funding
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SWIC Project to Decarbonise Industry in South Wales Gets Funding

The South Wales Industrial Cluster deployment project, in which Tata Steel UK is a partner, has been granted phase two funding of nearly GBP 20 million

The South Wales Industrial Cluster deployment project, in which Tata Steel UK is a partner, has been granted phase two funding of nearly GBP 20 million following successful completion of Phase One assessments looking at decarbonisation schemes and the infrastructure required for a hydrogen economy in South Wales. Phase Two of the project involves engineering studies to explore the routes to decarbonisation, including the use and production of a hydrogen supply, carbon capture usage and storage and CO2 shipping from South Wales which would be the first CO2 shipping industry in the whole of the UK, and would create an entire new industry for the region. Tata Steel will work with SWIC partners to identify how to access the necessary external infrastructure for decarbonisation such as CO2 transport and storage, low carbon electricity and hydrogen.

The project is supported by a range of partner organisations from the industrial, academic, law, public and private sectors working across the region to create the world’s first net zero emissions industrial zone. As well as contributing to the UK’s carbon reduction commitment, the project will enhance the UK’s ability to locally manufacture low or net zero carbon cement and steel products, helping to drive the low carbon future of UK construction and other sectors.

The scheme is aligned to the Government’s ten-point plan for a green industrial revolution, and will include the engineering studies into

  1. The production and distribution of hydrogen from both renewable energy and imported LNG which is distributed by repurposing the existing gas network

  2. Cleaner electricity production using carbon capture and/or hydrogen-rich natural gas

  3. Industrial carbon capture, usage, and storage technologies along the South Wales coast as well as the transportation and shipping of CO2

  4. Large industry decarbonisation through fuel switching, substituting one energy source for a greener, cleaner alternative, process efficiencies and the production of cleaner transportation fuels

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