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Ørsted awards FlagshipONE carbon capture contract to Carbon Clean


  • 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.