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.
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 a study on Oil and Gas Diversification for Scottish Enterprise, Pale Blue Dot Energy highlighted the opportunity for Scotland to deploy surplus oil and gas capability on emerging future energy sectors including Wave and Tidal, CCS, Hydrogen and Heat. There is too little focus on Diversification, particularly in the North East. Oil and gas businesses should develop Diversification strategies in order to manage the long-term decline in oil and gas driven by price uncertainty and the Low Carbon transition.
CCS has a key role to play for both industrial and power emissions reductions and Scotland is well placed to establish CCS infrastructure to enable the development of low carbon industry.
Climate change, sustainability, and renewable energy are the backdrop to energy discussions for Millennials. Graduates seek positions in these areas, keen to translate their academic knowledge and passionate views into positive action. Today coal, oil, and gas still dominate the power needs of the developed world.