Glimmer of hope for White Rose carbon capture project

Junior British Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom
Junior British Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom

The UK government has opened a chink of light in the otherwise gloomy nascent British carbon-capture sector by extending a consultation deadline related to the White Rose proposal in Yorkshire.

Two years ago, an application was made by National Grid Carbon Ltd under the Planning Act 2008 in June 2014 for the construction of a 50-mile pipeline of from the White Rose Carbon Capture and Storage Project to the coast at Barmston in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

The proposed pipeline project would transport carbon dioxide from industrial emitters and electricity generating stations fitted with carbon capture infrastructure to an offshore pipeline system and a storage facility under the North Sea.

Applications for the offshore pipeline system and the proposed storage facility are being considered outside the Planning Act regime.

Under this Act, (S.107(1), the Minister must make a decision within three months of receipt of the Examining Authority’s report unless exercising the power under section 107(3) to extend the deadline and make a Statement to the House of Parliament announcing the new deadline.

The deadline for the decision on the Pipeline project was 19 May 2016 having been extended from 19 November 2015 by way of an earlier Written Ministerial Statement of 19 November 2015.

But in a low-profile written statement to the House of Lords on the eve of the Bank holiday weekend, Andrea Leadsom, Junior Energy Minister, announced that she has decided to extend the deadline for the decision to 31 August 2016’ to allow consultation on the need case for the pipeline project given the decision to refuse consent for the White Rose CCS project on 13 April 2016 and consideration of other relevant outstanding issues.’

The decision to set the new deadline for the project is without prejudice to the decision on whether to grant or refuse development consent for the project.

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