Funding secured for UK's first CCUS flow measurement traceability facility

World Oil Staff November 10, 2022

(WO) – TÜV SÜD National Engineering said Friday it has secured government funding to build the UK’s first gaseous carbon dioxide (CO2) flow measurement facility to provide meter traceability for carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS) deployment.

Pipes at a CO2 compression station.

Funded by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), through the National Measurement System mechanism, the facility will support UK targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 68 per cent by 2030 compared to 1990 levels and achieve net zero by 2050. Providing flow testing for gaseous CO2 meters to traceable national standards, the facility will be located in East Kilbride, Glasgow.

“CCUS is a critical part of the overall solutions toolbox that will help reduce global CO2 emissions. With a growing need and demand for CCUS technology deployment, measurement traceability is key for regulatory compliance, as well as for a widespread and equitable CCUS trading system, including government subsidies,” said Gabriele Chinello, head of CCUS at TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory.

“It must therefore be directly linked to national physical standards, as much of hydrocarbon production measurement already is. This facility will support the deployment of CCUS across the UK and beyond to meet net-zero targets,” Chinello said.

Organizations such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the UK’s Committee on Climate Change acknowledge that CCUS is a necessity, not an option, to meet net-zero targets. Apart from offsetting the direct end-use of fossil fuels and decarbonizing difficult-to-abate industrial sectors, CCUS is also required to produce ‘blue-hydrogen’ through steam methane reforming, as well as to provide negative carbon dioxide emissions.

TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory is the UK Designated Institute for Flow Measurement, under contract from BEIS, and part of the UK’s National Measurement System.

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