SNP MP Roger Mullin has called on the UK Government to include details of how it will support the proposed Peterhead carbon capture and storage (CCS) project following the announcement by UK Energy Secretary Amber Rudd that coal plants will be phased out in favour of gas plants over the next ten years.
The Peterhead carbon capture and storage project remains in the bidding for funding as part of the UK Government’s £1 billion CCS commercialisation programme.
The Peterhead CCS project – a collaboration between Shell and SSE – is the world’s first full-scale gas CCS project. The project was given planning permission in June and final investment decisions on the project are expected early in 2016 and the project aims to be operational in 2018-19.
SNP Treasury spokesperson Mullin, said: “The UK energy strategy is now so reliant on gas-fired generation it is essential that the UK Government continues to support the construction of the world’s first full-scale gas carbon capture and storage project proposed for Peterhead Power station.
“Energy and Climate Change Minister Andrea Leadsom said that her proposals for CCS projects were with the Chancellor of the Exchequer and that any support would be revealed in the comprehensive spending review next week.
“Carbon capture is the answer to cleaning up coal and this project in the north east of Scotland has the potential to be world-leading when it comes to removing carbon emissions from our energy supplies.
“I urge the Chancellor to provide details of the support the UK Government will give to this vital project next week to ensure that this project – which has a wealth of expertise and knowledge behind it – becomes a reality.”