The Scottish Funding Council, the Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise have each pledged £50,000 of support for the UK’s largest research, industry and government partnership in carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS).
CCUS is a group of technologies that capture carbon dioxide emissions at source to prevent them being ejected into the atmosphere.
The Acorn project, led by energy consultants Pale Blue Dot Energy, is looking to develop the UK’s first operational carbon capture and storage project at the St Fergus Gas Terminal in Aberdeenshire. The project will see existing terminal infrastructure re-purposed to capture around 200,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year initially, which will then be transported for storage in depleted North Sea gas fields.
Paul Wheelhouse, Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands, said: “The Scottish Government has been consistent in our strong commitment to the development and implementation of CCUS technologies, as indicated by our providing funding to Pale Blue Dot Energy’s Acorn CCS Project at St Fergus, and to Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage.”