The ground-breaking Acorn Carbon Capture and Storage Project is set to move forwards after being awarded funding from the EU funding round ‘Accelerating CCS Technologies’ (ACT), part of the ERA-NET programme. Acorn represents an exciting step forwards for CCS in the UK, especially after several false starts over recent years.
The Strategic UK CO2 Storage Appraisal project completed and published in early 2016 by the ETI/DECC confirmed that the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) is endowed with a rich and diverse national offshore CO2 storage resource that could be mobilised into service readiness without extensive appraisal programmes. This is due to a wealth of prior knowledge arising from decades of petroleum exploration and development activity from commercial and national organisations. Whilst the UKCS hosts many high quality potential storage sites, the ETI project concluded that the UK’s requirements for CO2 storage through to 2070 could be accommodated by the mobilisation and development of just 8 sites. This portfolio of 8 sites spans a range of geography, geological storage types, development timetables and development risk. Further details are provided here.
This week, on 25th July 2016, the Scottish Centre for Carbon Capture and Storage released an important new report on the potential for Industrial CCS in Scotland. In particular the report deals with the role that the repurposing of the 36 inch diameter, 358km long FEEDER 10 gas pipeline from St Fergus to Avonbridge might play. The report combines a vision and business case for the progressive decarbonisation of Scotland’s industrial base that contributes to meeting both UK and Scottish Government CO2 reduction objectives through smart investment in infrastructure.
In 2015 the UK Energy Technologies Institute commissioned an industrial project with the objective of materially progressing the development of the National Strategic carbon dioxide storage resource base. The 12 month project, which was funded by the UK Government through the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and delivered by Pale Blue Dot Energy and its partners Axis Well Technology and Costain Engineering, was published in early May 2016.
China’s move towards a low carbon future with high-efficiency, low-emissions plants comes hand in hand with their rapid development in Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology to remove CO2 emissions from their plants.