Sustainable development and the sea

Carbon Capture and Storage

Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is the process of capturing carbon dioxide emissions from power and industrial facilities, transporting these emissions via pipeline or ship to be permanently stored in either depleted oil and gas fields or deep saline formations. In the UK CO2 storage will take place offshore, 1-2 km below the seabed.

CCS is one of the most important low-carbon technologies to decarbonise the UK’s economy. The UK Energy Technologies Institute has estimated that without CCS, the cost of meeting the UK’s Climate Change goals could increase by £32 billion per year in 2050.

The UK is extremely fortunate to possess significant storage capacity below the Central and Southern North Seas and East Irish Seas – this has been estimated at approximately 70 billion tonnes, more than enough to permanently store emissions from UK CCS projects over the next 100 years.

The UK Government is currently running a CCS competition to build the first CCS projects in the UK. The preferred CCS projects in this competition are the White Rose project in Yorkshire and the Peterhead project in Scotland. The Government is due to decide on whether to proceed with these projects in early 2016. If both of these projects go ahead, they will contribute 600MW of low-carbon electricity, laying the foundations to build a CCS industry that could deliver 10GW of power stations fitted with CCS by 2030..

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