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UK moves to implement 1-bn carbon capture and store competition news
21 March 2013

The two preferred bidders in the UK's 1-billion Carbon Capture and Storage Commercialisation Programme Competition have been announced after the scrutiny of four bids.

They are honours go to the Peterhead Project in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, and the White Rose Project in Yorkshire, England. The scrutiny considered criteria including project deliverability, value for money and the UK's timetable to deliver a cost-competitive CCS industry in the 2020s.

According to experts, carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, if developed to a scale, could allow the safe removal and storage of carbon emissions from coal- and gas-fired power stations to help the UK meet its climate change targets.

According to secretary of state for energy and climate change, Edward Davey, these were major infrastructure projects potentially worth several billion pounds and could support thousands of construction jobs over the next few years.

 The Peterhead Project in Aberdeenshire, Scotland is aimed at capturing over 90 per cent of the carbon dioxide from part of the existing gas fired power station at Peterhead.

Up to 10 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions could be captured from power station for transport  by pipeline and storage approximately 100 km offshore in the depleted Goldeneye gas reservoir, over 2km under the North Sea.

Shell and SSE have bid to develop carbon capture at Peterhead.

Another project, White Rose in Yorkshire, England, involves the capture of over 90-per cent of the carbon dioxide from a new super-efficient coal-fired power station at the Drax site in North Yorkshire, and storage in a saline aquifer beneath the southern North Sea after transport.

The project would be executed by a consortium, Capture Power, led by Alstom, Drax Power and BOC, in co-operation with National Grid, who will provide the transportation and storage infrastructure for the project.
The government would now open discussions with the two preferred bidders to agree terms by the summer for Front End Engineering Design (FEED) studies, which are expected to be completed in 18 months.

Peter Emery, production director of Drax Power, welcoming the announcement for Yorkshire said these were big projects that did not happen overnight. He added, it was another step in the right direction but it would not happen tomorrow.

According to Emery, the Drax scheme could mean up to 2-3,000 construction jobs and around 60-100 jobs long-term.

According to WWF Scotland's senior climate policy officer, Dr Sam Gardner, it was great news to hear that Peterhead had made the final two in the government's competition to win funding.

He added, demonstrating carbon capture on this existing gas power station would enable testing the technology and cutting emissions from UK's energy sector in its transition to a renewable future.

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UK moves to implement 1-bn carbon capture and store competition