Aberdeenshire Council in Scotland is in receipt of a planning application for what would be Europe’s first first commercial scale gas-fired CCS project.
In a separate good news story for the technology, UK and Scottish Governments will provide £4.2m for industrial research and feasibility work for a proposed full–chain 570 MW CCS coal-gasification power station located in Grangemouth, Scotland.
The planning application for a carbon capture and storage plant at Peterhead power station has been officially lodged with the council.
Shell and energy firm SSE are in the running for UK government funding to develop the scheme. The application includes infrastructure such as a control room, substations and CO2 export pipeline.
The facility would enable the UK to prevent one million tonnes of carbon emissions from entering the atmosphere every year for the next decade.
Shell’s project leader Bill Spence told the BBC: “Submitting the onshore environmental statement and planning application is the culmination of a huge amount of technical and design work by the whole Peterhead project team over the last year, informed by all of the feedback we have received through our three phases of public consultation.
Grangemouth Funding Welcomed By Energy Secretary
Meanwhile the funding for the Grangemouth facility, £1.7m from Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and £2.5m from the Scottish Government, will allow Seattle-based Summit Power Group to undertake substantial industrial research and feasibility studies with the ultimate objective of designing, siting, financing, and building their proposed Caledonia Clean Energy Project.
Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change said:“Carbon Capture and Storage could be crucial in helping us meet our ambitious climate change goals. The UK is one of the world’s frontrunners in this sector and the UK Government is leading Europe with its support of the two competition projects at Peterhead in Scotland and White Rose in Yorkshire."
“Developing CCS more widely is vital if it is to become cost-competitive technology, and I’m excited at the prospect of Grangemouth contributing to the UK’s low carbon future.”
A detailed programme of research and development work will now be undertaken over an 18 month period to advance the engineering design of the project. The findings of the industrial research feasibility work will be shared across industry and academia, increasing understanding of how to develop and deploy CCS at commercial scale.
For the first time, this large scale low-carbon power project aims to combine and integrate state-of-the-art coal gasification, 570 MW power generation, and carbon capture technologies in a single facility. The proposed power station will be fitted with CCS technology designed to capture 90 per cent of CO2 emissions which would then be transported via existing on-shore pipelines and existing sub-sea pipelines for permanent geological storage 2km beneath the North Sea. The funding is in principle and conditional upon agreeing the terms of the grant.
Asked if these developments represented a new dawn for the technology, Cambridge University's Senior Lecturer on Technology Policy, Dr. David Reiner told Power Engineering International, "Europe has always supported at a rhetorical level, but to date has offered relatively little in terms of material support that would be commensurate with its rhetoric about the importance of CCS. This, at least in part, is undoubtedly is a function of numbers since the UK is the only member state which currently is pledging significant investments in CCS."
"The UK's flagship effort on CCS is their demonstration programme and Peterhead is obviously key to determining whether or not the national programme will be judged a success. The planning application is only a minor step on the road to a final investment decision by the consortium led by Shell."