28th March 2023

UK’s First ‘Train to Zero’ Carbon Capture Rail Link Set to Decarbonise Yorkshire Energy Facility Through Connection to Teesside Terminal

The first-of-a-kind project will decarbonise enfinium’s Ferrybridge energy from waste facility delivering  3% of UK Government’s 2035 target for negative emissions before exploring further emissions removal regionally. 

Innovative collaboration between UK leading independent bulk liquid storage provider, Navigator  Terminals, and enfinium one of the largest energy from waste operators will see development of UK’s first carbon capture rail corridor.

The announcement follows the Government’s commitment in the Spring Statement to support the  UK’s fledging carbon capture and storage industry with up to £20bn of new investment.

Yorkshire 28th March 2023: Today two British businesses have signed a Memorandum of Understanding  (MoU) to collaborate on the development of the UK’s first ‘Rail to Zero’ carbon capture rail corridor, that would enable dispersed industrial sites to permanently store their emissions. 

enfinium, one of the UK’s largest energy from waste operators, will work with Navigator Terminals, the UK’s leading bulk liquid storage provider, to develop options to transport carbon dioxide (CO2) captured at enfinium’s Ferrybridge waste facilities in West Yorkshire to Navigator’s proposed multi-model carbon dioxide terminal in Teesside using rail freight. The carbon dioxide would then be transported safely from Navigator’s carbon dioxide terminal for permanent storage. Bechtel, a global leader in engineering, construction, and project management, has been selected to support the feasibility work underpinning the concept. 

The announcement follows the decision by the Chancellor in the Spring Statement on 15 March to support the scale-up of the UK carbon capture and storage industry with up to £20 billion of investment. 

The pioneering project would enable enfinium to decarbonise the UK’s largest, and one of the most efficient  (R1) energy from waste sites in the UK. By permanently storing the biogenic emissions captured from its waste stream, the Ferrybridge site would also generate around 700,000 tonnes of ‘negative emissions’ or ‘carbon removals’ every year – making a significant contribution towards the UK Government’s target to produce 23  million tonnes of negative emissions per year by 2035 to remain on track to achieve a ‘Net Zero’ economy by  2050. 

With enfinium’s Ferrybridge site as an anchor project, the project could unlock access to Navigator’s proposed multi-model carbon dioxide terminal to additional dispersed industrial emitters throughout the UK, enabling  transport of carbon dioxide via rail, road, and ship.  

The video below details the Navigator Terminal proposed CO2 hub, Seal Sands, Teesside


Mike Maudsley, CEO of enfinium, said: “Our facility at Ferrybridge is the single largest energy from waste site in the UK and transforms non-recyclable waste into homegrown energy to power nearly 400,000 British homes. By installing carbon capture technology at Ferrybridge we could go one step further and remove more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than we release. In doing so we could generate carbon-negative electricity, support Yorkshire’s climate change targets and deliver high-quality jobs in an exciting new green industry”.

Jason Hornsby, CEO of Navigator Terminals, added: “The UK is a world leader in decarbonisation solutions,  but it is clear that there is a need to develop alternative transportation and storage solutions for carbon dioxide if we are to meet the country’s net zero ambitions. We have worked with enfinium to explore the opportunities for them to realise their decarbonisation plans by harnessing the rail network in the North East and connecting with our proposed carbon dioxide Terminal on Teesside before onwards transport for permanent sequestration. This is an exciting UK first project, and we hope it can prove the concept of carbon  dioxide transportation by rail opening up huge potential for further decarbonisaiton of British industry.”