National Grid has chosen the company that will develop its planned pipeline to link the White Rose CCS project with a storage site under the North Sea.
National Grid Carbon Limited, the subsidiary focused on CCS technology, awarded the multi-million pound Front End Engineering and Design contract to oil and gas engineering firm Genesis.
The company will carry out the risk evaluation and cost estimates as well as the engineering and design work association with the transportation and storage system. It will be linked to the planned facility at Drax power station in Yorkshire.
The pipeline is expected to have the capacity to transport up to 17 million tonnes of CO2 every year, with the White Rose project requiring around two million tonnes.
Peter Boreham, National Grid Director of European Business Development said: “It’s another step on the way to demonstrating that CCS has an important part to play in the future energy mix.”
Last month the project won €300 million worth of funding from the European Commission.