The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) is seeking partners to deliver a project to identify the next phase of sites deep under the seabed in the North Sea and other UK waters to store the CO2 emissions from coal and gas power stations and heavy industry plants.
The news comes the day after UK Prime Minister David Cameron rejected calls for a decarbonisation target for the power sector for 2030, arguing the government first needed to see whether carbon capture and storage (CCS) can prove effective.
Speaking to MPs in the House of Commons Liaison Committee, he argued that plans to developing fracking projects and maximise oil and gas output from the North Sea was justified on the grounds that CCS could enable the UK to exploit fossil fuels and cut emissions.
The ETI project is funded by DECC as the government looks to make the most of the North Sea and development of CCS as a key part of ensuring that the UK can transition to a low carbon energy system in the most secure and cost-effective way.
The next step is expected to build on the work of the ETI’s UK Storage Appraisal Project, which has created CO2Stored – the UK’s CO2 storage atlas, available through The Crown Estate and the British Geological Survey.
Participants in the project will progress the appraisal of selected sites towards readiness for Final Investment Decisions to help with the de-risking of these stores for potential future storage developers.
Andrew Green, Programme Manager, CCS at ETI who is leading the project said:
“The work this project will deliver will build knowledge and with that confidence in sites based in the UK waters to provide an economic case for their further development and use it as a basis for the further expansion of CCS in the UK.”
The request for proposals will close on 5th February 2015
The UK supply chain is already benefiting from the government’s commitment to CCS development as contracts under the £100m planning and engineering phase of the CCS Commercialisation Programme have gone to UK-based companies. Today, National Grid has announced the award of a subcontract to ADTI (Applied Drilling Technology International) which will support its CO2 storage work in the North Sea as part of the White Rose Front End Engineering and Design Study (FEED).