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Ørsted awards FlagshipONE carbon capture contract to Carbon Clean

16 February 2023
  • Carbon Clean will deliver carbon capture equipment capable of capturing 70,000 tonnes of biogenic CO2 per year for Ørsted’s FlagshipONE facility – Europe’s largest green methanol project, based in Sweden 
  • FlagshipONE will supply 50,000 tonnes of eMethanol per year to the shipping industry, which today accounts for around 3% of global carbon emissions 

Carbon Clean has been awarded the carbon capture equipment supply contract for Ørsted’s FlagshipONE eMethanol project in Sweden. This is Carbon Clean’s 50th commercial project; a half-century milestone for the global leader in cost-effective carbon capture solutions.

Carbon Clean’s technology will capture 70,000 tonnes per year of CO2 from a biomass-fired combined heat and power plant in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden. FlagshipONE will combine the biogenic carbon dioxide with renewable hydrogen to produce 50,000 tonnes per year of eMethanol for use in the shipping industry, which today accounts for around 3% of global carbon emissions. Carbon emissions from shipping have proven hard to abate, but eMethanol is widely believed to be the best scalable green shipping fuel for the next decade.

Aniruddha Sharma, Chair and CEO of Carbon Clean, said:  

“The FlagshipONE project not only demonstrates the role carbon capture must play in decarbonising hard-to-abate sectors, such as shipping, but also that the technology is ready and there is absolute confidence in our ability to deliver at scale.   “We speak often about the storage of captured carbon, but this project is a perfect example of utilisation – the ‘U’ in CCUS – and we are thrilled to be working alongside Ørsted to deliver this project.” Anders Nordstrøm,

COO of Ørsted P2X, said: “FlagshipONE is a milestone project for Ørsted and for the decarbonisation of the maritime industry – and we’re very happy to be working with Carbon Clean, as we embark on the journey to transform global shipping.” The carbon capture plant will be modular and designed for ease of construction and future replication, with the majority of components fabricated and sourced from Europe, helping develop a large European supply chain base.

Following off-site testing, modules will be transported and assembled on site in autumn 2024. FlagshipONE is expected to be operational in 2025.  The carbon capture plant will use Carbon Clean’s proprietary CDRMax technology which has been used widely in projects globally for many years. The high performance solvent from Carbon Clean offers best in class environmental footprint, high stability, low corrosivity, low regeneration energy requirements, and therefore reduced operational costs compared to conventional options.  FlagshipONE will be Ørsted’s first commercial-scale Power-to-X facility and is an important steppingstone towards the company’s ambition of taking a leading position in renewable hydrogen and green fuels.  


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Notes to editors

  1. Ørsted has taken full ownership of the FlagshipONE project from Liquid Wind, the original developer of the project. Ørsted announced its full ownership and final investment decision in December 2022.
  2. Carbon Clean is an investor in Liquid Wind and has been part of the consortium developing the project since 2021.
  3. There is widescale industry acceptance and support for eMethanol as a marine fuel with a growing number of major shipping companies ordering methanol vessels, and international regulations being developed.  

About Carbon Clean

Carbon Clean is a global leader in carbon capture solutions for hard-to-abate industries such as cement, steel, refineries, energy from waste and biogas. The company’s patented technology significantly reduces the costs of carbon capture when compared to conventional solutions.

The company is leading innovation in the CCUS market and has developed a fully modular technology – CycloneCC – that will help deliver the necessary scaling of carbon capture to achieve global net zero targets. Carbon Clean’s technology is operational in 49 sites around the world, including the world’s largest industrial-scale carbon capture and utilisation plant for Tuticorin Alkali Chemicals & Fertilizers Ltd, India.

Headquartered in the UK, the company has received funding and grant support from the British and US governments and has established partnerships with industry leaders including CEMEX and Veolia. It is also an investor in the Swedish eMethanol fuel company, Liquid Wind. 

Carbon Clean is a BNEF Pioneer 2022 company, a Global Cleantech 100 company (for the fourth time), a WIRED Trailblazer company, and features in the inaugural PwC Net Zero Future50.

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