UK CCS Demonstration: The End of the Beginning

Todays news that Drax have withdrawn from the White Rose CCS project because of “critical reversals” in government support raises inevitable questions about the future of CCS in the UK.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.