Largest carbon capture and storage plant in UK

CO2Biggest carbon capture (CC) pilot project has been opened for pilot study in UK. Working has been started on SSE’s 490 megawatt coal-fired station at Ferrybridge, West Yorkshire on Wednesday. This trial is going to be done in order to make it real that this project can be used on Industrial scale.

This plant has been developed by utility SSE, Doosan Power Systems and Vattenfall in collaboration and it will be first of its size to be incorporated into a live power plant in UK, as reported by SSE (formerly Scottish and Southern Energy).

The plant bridges the gap between the small-scale pilot plants and the commercial scale demonstration projects considered by the government to help meet the 2020 carbon target, SSE said.

Secretary of Energy and Climate Change, Chris Huhne, who attended the inauguration, said,

This investment will be invaluable to the wider commercial scale deployment of CCS (carbon capture and storage) by reducing uncertainty, driving down costs and developing the UK supply chain and skills.

This project is a piece of hope for the new CCS industry as British Government has recently cancelled the plans to fund a full-scale demonstration project in Longannet in Scotland. From CCS Association,

Countries that develop CCS early will enjoy a ‘first-mover advantage’ and benefit from the export of skills and technology internationally and … could create 100,000 jobs across the UK by 2030.

SSE Chief Executive, Ian Marchant is keen to stress the significance of Ferrybridge in the broader context of the UK energy industry. He said in a statement,

The development of viable carbon capture technology is central to the UK’s climate change and energy security objectives. We believe projects such as this will be absolutely crucial in establishing when and how the technology can be developed. What we have here today at Ferrybridge will provide an invaluable source of reference and learning for the industry as a whole.

This pilot project is all about carbon capture on coal, however if we are to be successful in reaching our carbon reduction targets,  we also need it on gas, which is why SSE is seeking to develop a larger, commercial scale, demonstration at our Peterhead gas-fired station.

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