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The Phase 1 funding for England, Wales and Northern Ireland opens on 20 July and is worth up to £30m.

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), in collaboration with Innovate UK and Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), will be hosting competition briefing webinars on 14 and 20 July to share details of the new funding programme, Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF).

The Phase 1 funding for England, Wales and Northern Ireland opens on the 20th July and is worth up to £30m. It will be available in the form of a grant scheme and will fund:

  • Deployment of mature energy efficiency technologies that improve industrial process energy efficiency and reduce energy demand
  • Feasibility and engineering studies for projects deploying mature energy efficiency technologies or deep decarbonisation technologies. These technical and economic assessments of potential projects reduce risks and provide more accurate cost estimates, enabling decision-makers to make informed investment choice.

Further details and to register can be found here


Decarbonisation Roadmap (HIDR) to establish a pathway for the Humber industrial cluster’s carbon emissions to be net zero by 2040, and significantly reduced by 2030.

The HIDR is supported with a grant of £96,000 from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) administered by innovate UK and focuses on the Humber industrial cluster, which is concentrated in locations around the Humber Estuary: around Immingham, Saltend Chemicals Park and the Scunthorpe-Selby corridor.  Each has substantial concentrations of industry and power generation, offering the potential to test different approaches and phase interventions, whilst capturing synergies from bringing the UK’s largest cluster together.

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A new bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) pilot facility will be installed within Drax’s CCUS Incubation Area in the autumn.

The pilot facility will enable Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) to demonstrate its BECCS technology can be used at scale and help deliver against the UK’s zero carbon targets.

The new MHI BECCS pilot will enhance Drax’s technical understanding for delivering negative emissions at the UK’s largest renewable power generator and help the energy company to drive forward its world-leading ambition to be carbon negative by 2030.

Drax Group and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering, Ltd., part of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Group (MHI), have agreed a new bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) pilot project at Drax Power Station which will get underway this autumn.

The pilot will test MHI’s carbon capture technology – marking another step on Drax’s journey towards achieving its world-leading ambition to be a carbon negative company by 2030.

MHI’s 12-month pilot will capture around 300kg of CO2 a day for the purpose of confirming its technology’s suitability for use with biomass flue gases at Drax.

Will Gardiner, Drax Group CEO, said  “Our plans to develop ground-breaking BECCS at the power station in North Yorkshire will help to boost the UK’s economy following the Covid crisis and support the development of a zero carbon industrial cluster in the Humber region – delivering clean growth and protecting thousands of jobs.

“We’re very pleased to be working with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries on this exciting pilot which will further our understanding of the potential for deploying BECCS at scale at Drax – taking us closer to achieving our world-leading ambition to be a carbon negative company by 2030.”

Two of MHI’s proprietary solvents will be tested, one of which — KS-1TM Solvent — is already being used at 13 commercial plants delivered by MHI, including Petra Nova in Texas, USA, the world’s largest post combustion carbon capture facility, capturing 1.4 million tonnes of CO2 a year. The other  is the newly developed KS-21TM Solvent,  designed to achieve significant performance improvements and cost savings.

Kenji Terasawa, President & CEO, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering, said:

“We are very proud to be a part of the BECCS pilot project with Drax. We firmly believe that our carbon capture technology would be able to contribute to the UK’s zero carbon targets in a material way.”

Implementing BECCS at Drax could deliver 16 million tonnes of negative emissions a year – a third of the negative emissions the UK needs from BECCS to reach its zero carbon targets by 2050 and anchor a zero carbon industrial cluster in the Humber region, delivering clean growth whilst protecting 55,000 jobs.


Throughout the pandemic the facilities team have continued to work though our site upgrade and improvement plans. They held a meeting on site on the 11th June with all parties to kick off the installation of the Tank Farm upgrade and agreed a plan to completion – Installation will resume next week which will give  an overall completion date of 10th August. The facility will then be available for use by the 17th August.

In other areas,  Air Conditioning unit installation is underway and is now completed in the training centre. The conference centre will have Air Conditioning by next week and has had new blinds fitted.

On the 15th June, the new  barrier and site signage work is due to start.

We will keep you updated!

If you have any questions in regards to the site changes, please contact Paul Snowden –



Velocys plc the sustainable fuels technology company, has announced that a formal notice of the decision to grant planning permission for the Altalto Immingham plant has now been issued by North East Lincolnshire Council.

Velocys is an international UK-based sustainable fuels technology company. Velocys designed, developed and now licenses proprietary Fischer-Tropsch technology for the generation of clean, low carbon, synthetic drop-in aviation and road transport fuel from municipal solid waste and waste woody biomass.

Velocys is currently developing two reference projects: one in Natchez, Mississippi, USA (incorporating Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage) and one in Immingham, UK, to produce fuels that significantly reduce both greenhouse gas emissions and key exhaust pollutants for aviation and road transport. Originally a spin-out from Oxford University, in 2008 the company acquired a US company based on complementary technology developed at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Velocys is headquartered in Oxford in the United Kingdom.


Paulo Oliveira of CATCH Technical Partner ESC Ltd, delivered an insightful webinar to industry on the 10th June, entitled Safety in Numbers, is target risk really just a number? Paulo explained – we all make decisions on a daily basis based on our perception of risk. But how does this change when the decision is formalised and does it reflect reality? Paulo covered in his presentation, techniques to quantify and define boundaries but also how to understand them, make clear decisions to implement risk targets. Of great interest to the companies in attendance, were the major hazard case studies that outlined incidents in BP Texas, Buncefield Storage, Flixborough and Boeing 737max – all incident reports identified key causes not involving numerical analysis , but recommended good practices (E.g Human Factors, Management of change etc). Paulo concluded his talk of how to incorporate numbers into your safety standard including planning, verification, and testing.

Jill Mooney, Head of CATCH Technical said “We were really pleased to hear from Paulo, as he has a wealth of experience in this area, he gave us a really informative and good insight into target risk

CATCH Technical are offering companies access to a free (not exceeding) half hour telephone consultation on the use of IEC61508/61511 to manage risk

If you would like further information on Functional Safety Standards IEC61508/61511 or CATCH Technical please contact Jill – you can also view a recording of the webinar here.

Special thanks to Rachael Cowin for producing the Sketchnote


Shirley has worked for CATCH for nearly 10 years, and seen many site changes and expansions throughout her career. This summer Shirley retires and we will be extremely sorry to see her go.  Shirley is a complete professional in everything she does supporting all those working within our Technical Training Centre. David Talbot, CEO said “Shirley will leave a big gap in the team when she retires, and everyone at CATCH and all those on site will miss her very much, in particular her total dedication in everything she did. We all wish her a long and happy retirement”.


We pleased to announce the next CATCH Technical webinar in partnership with ESC Limited takes place on the 10th June at 11am.

“Safety in Numbers – Is target risk really just a number?

The widespread use of quantified risk targets, and risk measures has led to a numbers based approach to the definition of how safe an organisation may be. Whilst the numbers help understand risk, safety encompasses much broader aspects of human-machine-process interactions which must be adequately considered.

This presentation will delve into how numbers are only a part of the safety considerations and how risk must be systematically managed through all life phases of an installation, by using IEC61508/61511 as context on how managing risk is much more than just numbers.”

To book your free place please contact


CATCH Room Hire hosted Inter Terminals HAZOP meeting following the COVID-19 guidelines!

Here is a quote from Dave Simmester on his experience at CATCH:

Many thanks to all at CATCH for facilitating the meeting room for our HAZOP team today, due to the measures you have in place we were able to safely meet up as a team for the first time since the onset of CV-19. All involved felt the measures implemented by your team created a safe and protected working environment, we will be in touch soon regarding further bookings.”

If you would like to hire a room or conduct a meeting safely, please contact Jasmine on 01469 552821 or email




The University of Hull is asking for bioeconomy employers to take part in research to help shape a graduate talent pipeline for the industry.

University of Hull researcher, Emma Peasland is conducting interviews with bioeconomy employers to find out about graduate roles in your business and your experiences of graduate recruitment. Interviews will also cover the skills and attributes you feel are essential and whether there is a perception of a ‘skills gap’ amongst graduate recruits.

Emma Peasland said: “This research has the potential to create a blueprint for educators to enhance their programmes and create the highly skilled graduates needed by the growing bioeconomy. We’re interested in finding out how you think graduates can develop the necessary skills and attributes to contribute to your organisation. The interviews should only take around 30-60 minutes and give employers the opportunity to feed into this research and really shape future education programmes to get the best graduate recruits for their businesses.”

The research covers bioeconomy businesses based in East or North Yorkshire, North or North-east Lincolnshire or Teesside. If you are interested in participating or would like more information please contact Emma Peasland at

The research is part of the THYME Project – a collaboration between the universities of York, Hull and Teesside, delivered in partnership with the Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC) and BioVale. Funded by the Connecting Capabilities Fund of Research England, the £5 million project is focused on developing the bioeconomy across Yorkshire, the Humber and the Tees Valley, building on the existing knowledge and innovation in the region.


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