SSE secures capacity contracts from RWE’s Aberthaw B coal plant

The news follows German electric utility RWE’s announcement to close its 1.56GW coal plant in Wales next March

Get cracking with carbon capture, government urged

Ministers were sternly rebuked today for dilly-dallying over funding for two projects to trap carbon emissions from coal power stations. Carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects are seen as crucial for the UK to continue using fossil fuels for electricity while sticking to targets for cutting greenhouse gases. MPs on parliament’s energy watchdog urged the […]

Shell carbon capture cash signed off by Cameron

A project to trap carbon emissions at the Peterhead gas plant in Scotland was officially awarded funding by the Government today. An exact amount wasn’t revealed but it’s a portion of the £100 million pot put towards CCS research at Peterhead and another project, the White Rose. Prime Minister David Cameron and the Deputy Prime […]

Two bidders for £1bn CCS project announced

The UK Government has announced two preferred bidders for the carbon capture and storage competition worth £1 billion. DECC said the White Rose project in Yorkshire, England and the Peterhead project in Aberdeenshire, Scotland were chosen from a shortlist of four after “intensive commercial negotiations”. The first project involves Alstom, Drax Power, BOC and National […]

Scotland to link UK-Norway interconnector

Scotland has been chosen as the connection point for a UK-Norway electricity interconnector, it was announced today. Developer NorthConnect has signed an agreement with Britain’s National Grid for a connection into the UK’s power grid at Peterhead, which is expected to increase energy security and help exchange renewable power between the two countries. The news […]

UK industry welcomes Government’s CCS competition relaunch

The UK industry has welcomed DECC’s carbon capture competition following “very clear” sets of guidelines this time around. The original Carbon Capture Storage (CCS) project was cancelled last year due to complaints from energy companies. National Grid told ELN of their interest in the competition as the study on CCS now is “more viable” in […]

Scotland gets £6.9m Euro-cash for renewables

Scotland yesterday unveiled a £6.9m boost from the European Regional Development Fund for renewable energy and low carbon economy projects. The cash will be divided between universities and other research centres focusing on low carbon innovation and includes £ 800,000 for Fife’s Adam Smith College to help companies develop new products, £831,000 to provide skills […]

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 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 […]

SSE plans CCS project at Peterhead

Scottish and Southern Energy is to prepare a carbon capture and storage project at its gas-fired power station at Peterhead, Aberdeenshire. The project will demonstrate post-combustion capture of carbon dioxide emissions relating to the electricity output of the equivalent of 400MW of capacity. It would involve using an existing gas turbine, an existing steam turbine, […]