Mitsui and Storegga conclude Memorandum of Understanding on commercialization of Direct Air Capture technology

25th March 2022, London: Storegga, the independent UK decarbonisation developer, and Mitsui & Co., Ltd. (“Mitsui”), the Japanese trading and investment company, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) on commercialisation of Direct Air Capture (“DAC”) technology, supporting the development of the UK’s first DAC facility in North East Scotland. 

Mitsui is already an investor in Storegga and this memorandum marks a closer working relationship to realise the first large-scale DAC facility in Europe, with the potential to extract one million tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere annually. The UK Government has announced its ambition to deploy at least 5 M/T per year of engineered carbon removals by 2030. This direct air capture facility will be a major contributor towards this target. Once developed, this pioneering project will provide a model for deploying this crucial carbon reversal technology elsewhere in the UK and internationally to materially support global net zero targets. The facility will be a vital component of both meeting the UK and Scotland’s legally binding net zero targets by 2045 and 2050 respectively, and will also have the ability to serve international customers. Early customers of the facility will include Virgin Atlantic.

The captured CO2 will be transported to the Acorn Carbon Capture & Storage project for permanent geological storage in depleted North Sea oil and gas reservoirs and saline aquifers. The Acorn project is currently in the engineering and design phase of development and is planned to be operational in the mid 2020’s.

Nick Cooper, Chief Executive Officer at Storegga, said:                                                                                                                

“The UK’s decarbonisation knowledge and technology are highly attractive to the world’s leading international infrastructure developers. Investor appetite is strong but the path to decarbonisation is complex and will require the best minds from around the world, working together. The support of the UK government is vital. Offshore wind has been a great success for the UK as a result of its supportive regulatory framework; the UK has the opportunity to repeat this early mover success with Direct Air Capture.

“The international energy crisis has highlighted our need for enhanced self-reliance. Taking a leading position on direct air capture gives us the opportunity to develop our own decarbonisation industry, creating jobs along the supply chain and sharing these skills and knowledge with the world. Mitsui’s commitment says a lot about the quality of endeavour of the UK decarbonisation industry, and we look forward to working with the UK Government on a favourable regulatory regime that sets us up for future success.”

As part of the agreement, Mitsui will share their own technical knowledge and explore opportunities to partner businesses around the world. In addition to joint studies to commercialise DAC technology, Storegga and Mitsui will consider and assess the possibility for Mitsui to coinvest in and offtake credits from the DAC project further strengthening the strategic partnership between the two companies.

Toru Matsui, Chief Operating Officer of the Energy Business Unit 1 and Energy Solutions Business Unit at Mitsui said:

“Since our initial investment in March 2021, we have been closely supporting Storegga to grow its businesses with our expertise in the upstream energy sector and our extensive global network. We are truly excited to conclude this MOU. Being a Negative Emissions Technology, DAC projects can generate carbon credits which will be critical in offsetting emissions from hard-to-abate sectors globally and achieving net-carbon zero targets.”

Sanjay Parekh, Head of Direct Air Capture at Storegga, said:

“Direct air capture is a meaningful way to truly and permanently offset carbon generation. The recent Energy Transitions Commission report concluded that direct air capture will be an essential component of cleaning up our atmosphere. We had a huge amount of interest in our business at COP26. The early adopter companies who want to talk to us about buying direct air capture carbon credits are leading businesses around the world with ambitious environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategies.  Businesses with a genuine desire to reduce emissions, avoid flaky offsetting, and have tangible plans to permanently remove CO2. With the right support, direct air capture will not only reduce carbon in the coming years but could reverse the carbon damage done since the industrial revolution.”

Storegga’s first DAC facility will be built in the North East of Scotland, close to the Acorn CO2 Transport and Storage system. In its initial phase, the business will sell carbon credits to large organisations to offset their carbon emissions. This will need to be supported by a regulated carbon credit mechanism. The UK government is currently in consultation on the appropriate business models to support direct air capture in the UK.

 

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Notes to Editors:

Storegga

Storegga is an independent, UK-based carbon management business at the forefront of the global Net Zero strategy. It aims to champion and deliver carbon capture and storage (“CCS”), hydrogen, and other subsurface renewable projects in the UK and internationally to accelerate carbon emission reductions.

Through its wholly owned subsidiary, Pale Blue Dot Energy, Storegga is the lead developer of the Acorn Carbon Capture and Storage (“CCS”) and Hydrogen project, providing essential infrastructure to help the UK meet its net zero targets.

The Acorn CO2 Transport and Storage Project will provide critical backbone infrastructure for the Scottish Cluster. The Scottish Cluster unites communities, industries and businesses to deliver CCS, hydrogen and other low carbon technologies, supporting Scotland, the UK and Europe to meet net zero goals.

Storegga has partnered with leading engineering and technology groups at the forefront of their fields to accelerate infrastructure development.

Storegga:(https://www.storegga.earth/)

For more information on Storegga, Pale Blue Dot or Acorn contact storegga_media@camarco.co.uk or 020 3757 4980

For more information on the Acorn CCS and Hydrogen Project, please visit: About Acorn – Acorn CCS - https://theacornproject.uk/about/

Mitsui

Mitsui & Co., Ltd. (8031: JP) is a global trading and investment company with a diversified business portfolio that spans 63 countries in Asia, Europe, North, Central & South America, the Middle East, Africa and Oceania.

Mitsui has approximately 5,600 employees and deploys talent around the globe to identify, develop, and grow businesses in collaboration with a global network of trusted partners. Mitsui has built a strong and diverse core business portfolio covering the Mineral and Metal Resources, Energy, Machinery and Infrastructure, and Chemicals industries.

Leveraging its strengths, Mitsui has further diversified beyond its core profit pillars to create multifaceted value in new areas, including innovative Energy Solutions, Healthcare & Nutrition and through a strategic focus on high-growth Asian markets. This strategy aims to derive growth opportunities by harnessing some of the world’s main mega-trends: sustainability, health & wellness, digitalization and the growing power of the consumer.

For more information on Mitsui, please visit www.mitsui.com