Todays news that Drax have withdrawn from the White Rose CCS project because of “critical reversals” in government support raises inevitable questions about the future of CCS in the UK. Whilst both the Shell/ SSE Peterhead project and the Capture Power White Rose project are approaching the end of their FEED programmes, the news about Drax has highlighted that there is still some distance to go to reach Final Investment Decision (FID) on these projects. If these projects fail to go ahead, there are significant implications for CCS and UK carbon reduction efforts. This paper highlights the importance of successfully delivering these two projects.
The UK is committed to Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) as a key part of its carbon reduction efforts. There has been a long history of early stage CCS projects in the UK, but converting these into operational projects has proved a challenge.
Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is the only technology available which enables the continued use of fossil fuels for power generation whilst reducing green-house gas emissions. The UK government sees CCS as an important element of its energy policy alongside renewables and nuclear to enable the country to meet its carbon emissions reduction targets, but slow progress in the UK threatens the future of this critically important technology.