Sembcorp Energy subsidiary, 8 Rivers Capital plan UK net zero power plant

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People walk on the beach as industries are seen in the background in Teesside, Britain November 18, 2020. REUTERS/Lee Smith

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LONDON, July 13 (Reuters) - U.S. clean technology firm 8 Rivers Capital and Sembcorp Energy UK, a subsidiary of Singapore-based Sembcorp Industries (SCIL.SI), plan to build a net-zero emissions power plant in Teesside in northeast England, the firms said on Tuesday.

The 300-megawatt project, called Whitetail Clean Energy, would use a process to produce energy which combusts natural gas with oxygen, rather than air, and uses supercritical carbon dioxide, a fluid, to drive the turbine instead of steam.

The carbon dioxide produced would be captured and stored offshore. The firms say the plant would be the first net zero power station.

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The project is subject to regulatory approval.

Britain has a target for net zero greenhouse gas emissions by mid-century, compared with a previous goal for at least an 80% reduction from 1990 levels.

Teesside is one of the hubs in Britain which the government hopes can showcase decarbonising industry through carbon capture and storage, hydrogen and renewables projects.

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Reporting by Nina Chestney Editing by Mark Potter

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