The British government has ‘not closed the door’ on UK carbon-capture projects or technology and – instead – said that CCS has a potentially important role to play in the’ long-term decarbonisation of the UK’s industrial and power sectors.’
And junior UK energy minister Andrea Leadsom – who is a strong supporter of British Independence from the EU – added:
“We recognise that CCS could be crucial to the long-term competitiveness and decarbonisation of energy intensive industries such as steel and the longevity of North Sea industries, which are a vital part of our economy.
“However, we know that currently CCS costs are high and must come down.
“This is why we are committed to working with industry to bring forward innovative ideas for reducing the costs of this potentially important technology.”
DECC has invested over £130 million in Research and Development since 2011, including £1 .7 million investment in October 2015, through DECC’s Energy Entrepreneurs Fund, to support three innovative CCS technologies – Carbon Clean Solutions, C-Capture Ltd and FET Engineering Ltd – all with the potential to reduce costs.
Leadsom’s department has also invested £2.5 million in a project to investigate a suite of five stores for the storage of C02 in the North and Irish Seas – a project which is due to conclude ‘shortly’.
And she added: “We are continuing to support, jointly with the Scottish Government, the CCS developer Summit Power, with £4.2 million funding in total to undertake industrial research and development at their proposed CCS Caledonia Clean Energy Plant in Grangemouth. “
See Scottish Energy News 23 Mar 2015
DECC, with the Department for Business Innovation and Skills and industry, is also working jointly to publish Action Plans on decarbonisation and energy efficiency in key energy intensive industries by the end of 2016.
In addition – through the Energy Bill – the Government has ensured that the development of carbon storage capabilities to support CCS will be an important consideration for the Aberdeen-based Oil and Gas Authority.
The Oil and Gas Authority will have statutory responsibility for issuing carbon dioxide storage site licences and approving carbon dioxide storage permit applications.
The OGA will be required to have regard to the storage of carbon dioxide when exercising its functions and to consider the reuse of infrastructure throughout the decommissioning process.
The OGA will also examine further the potential of C02 Enhanced Oil Recovery working closely with both the CCS and oil and gas industry.