SSE unveils carbon capture and storage project

Scottish and Southern Energy wants to build a carbon capture and storage project at its gas-fired power station in Peterhead, Aberdeenshire. Shell UK and Petrofac subsidiary CO2 DeepStore will also […]

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By Kelvin Ross

Scottish and Southern Energy wants to build a carbon capture and storage project at its gas-fired power station in Peterhead, Aberdeenshire.

Shell UK and Petrofac subsidiary CO2 DeepStore will also be participating in the project by providing the offshore transport and storage elements.

The project will design and develop a full chain, post-combustion CCS facility which will be capable of capturing the CO2 from one 385 MW combined cycle gas turbine unit at Peterhead Power Station.

The current plans are that the CO2 will then be transported via an existing underground pipeline to St Fergus for further compression and then sent via an undersea pipeline to an existing gas reservoir in the North Sea operated by Shell.

The size of the project is such that SSE is able to participate in both the EU’s NER300 and Department of Energy and Climate Change funding programmes, which are aimed at stimulating and encouraging investment in CCS.

Last November, the government announced that the second phase of the £9bn CCS demonstration programme – the three projects that will follow the first demonstration – will be open to projects on gas-fired power plants as well as coal-fired power plants.

SSE chief executive Ian Marchant said: “If long-term targets for reducing emissions are to be met, CCS technology must be applied as widely as possible. We therefore welcomed the government’s decision to include gas-fired generation plant in its CCS demonstration programme. However, the development of a commercial-scale CCS demonstration project presents significant challenges and will require appropriate levels of support from both the EU and UK government.

“I believe Peterhead represents the best site in the UK for a gas CCS project and our co-operation with Shell and Petrofac strengthens this proposition even further. Given the work already undertaken, the project can proceed at a pace at least equal to other CCS projects in Europe. I hope that our submission will successfully persuade others that this is the case.”