Smart infrastructure solution company Costain announced on 2 March that it has been selected by management consultancy Pale Blue Dot Energy to deliver what could be the UK’s first carbon capture and storage (CCS) project.
Costain will provide technical consultancy services for the Acorn CCS project at the St Fergus terminal in Aberdeenshire. St Fergus is located close to a high concentration of offshore CO2 storage sites making it an “ideal hydrogen production and CCS hub”, according to Costain.
The current phase of the project is led by Pale Blue Dot Energy, supported by study partners Shell, Total and Chrysaor. It is part funded through BEIS and the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency as a European Project of Common Interest.
Rob Phillips, energy sector director at Costain, said: “Hydrogen and CCS play a fundamental role in decarbonising gas for domestic and industrial heating, powering industry and large-scale transport. Large-scale and relatively cost-effective carbon capture at the source of production is key to unlocking this potential and is one of the many low carbon solutions Costain is progressing as part of leading the decarbonisation of the UK footprint and driving clean growth across the UK.”