Shell progressing the world’s first commercial gas carbon capture and storage project
On Wednesday 20 March, the Peterhead Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Project progressed to the next stage of the UK Government’s CCS Commercialisation Competition. The project could be the world’s first commercial scale full-chain demonstration of CCS from a gas-fired power station.
The project is expected to capture ten million tonnes of CO2 over ten years from SSE’s Peterhead gas-fired power station in Aberdeenshire. Shell will store the CO2 in the depleted Goldeneye gas reservoir, 102km off the coast of Scotland, under the North Sea.
Ed Daniels, Chairman, Shell UK, said: “The Government’s decision sends a strong signal of support for the role of gas in meeting the rise in global energy demand. At Peterhead, we expect to demonstrate capturing around 90% of the emissions from natural gas, making the cleanest burning fossil fuel even cleaner. What we learn from the project will help the industry to be able to scale-up the technology to make a material impact on tackling climate change, and to create a world-leading industry here in the UK, with excellent potential for job creation and long-term growth.”
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