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January 17th, 2023
Fugro’s Geo-data supports development of UK’s first flexible power station with carbon capture technology

Fugro has been awarded a ground investigation contract for SSE Thermal and Equinor’s planned Keadby 3 Carbon Capture Power Station in North Lincolnshire. When complete, Keadby 3 could become the UK’s first flexible power station equipped with carbon capture technology, capable of capturing up to 1.5 million tonnes of carbon annually. The acquired Geo-data will enable stakeholders to understand ground conditions and make informed decisions during the engineering, design and construction phases of this project.

With fieldwork underway, Fugro is performing a range of in-depth geotechnical assessments as well as in situ testing to deliver a comprehensive set of factual ground data at the Keadby 3 site. Fugro will further support the development of Keadby 3 with interpretative reporting for site specific engineering, allowing design and ground engineering specialists to solve or avoid engineering challenges, manage ground related risk, and associated project costs.

With a generating capacity of up to 910 MW, Keadby 3 will use natural gas as its fuel and will be fitted with a carbon capture plant to remove the CO2 from its emissions.  In December 2022, it became the first power carbon capture and storage (CCS) project in the UK to receive planning permission.

Matthew Chappell, Fugro’s Service Line Director of Site Investigation said: “We’re proud to play a part in the development of what could be the UK’s first flexible power station. CCS plays a key role in realising the UK’s emission reduction targets aligning directly with Fugro’s purpose of working together to create a safe and liveable world. With our Geo-data, ground characteristics and behaviours can be confidently determined, and potential hazards identified, allowing solutions to be modelled and managed. We look forward to continuing to support the UK’s energy transition and assist SSE Thermal and Equinor as they prepare for future developmental phases of this critical project.”

About Fugro

Fugro is the world’s leading Geo-data specialist, collecting and analysing comprehensive information about the Earth and the structures built upon it. Adopting an integrated approach that incorporates acquisition and analysis of Geo-data and related advice, Fugro provides solutions. With expertise in site characterisation and asset integrity, clients are supported in the safe, sustainable and efficient design, construction and operation of their assets throughout the full lifecycle.

Employing approximately 9000 talented people in 59 countries, Fugro serves clients around the globe, predominantly in the energy, infrastructure and water industries, both offshore and onshore. In 2021, revenue amounted to EUR 1.5 billion. Fugro is listed on Euronext Amsterdam.