Shell and SSE proposed to develop the world’s first full-scale gas carbon capture and storage (CCS) project – the Peterhead CCS Project. Up to 15 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions could have been captured from the Peterhead Power Station and transported by pipeline offshore for long-term storage deep under the North Sea.
Following the announcement by the UK Government, on November 25th, of the withdrawal of funding for the CCS Commercialisation Competition, the Peterhead CCS Project – which proposed to capture 10 to 15 million tonnes of CO2 over a period of 10 to 15 years – will now not proceed.
Whilst SSE appreciates that being in government involves taking difficult decisions, it is extremely disappointed the announcement that the government is removing all committed public support for the demonstration of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) in the UK. SSE believes this decision represents a significant missed opportunity for the UK.