Wood Group to advise DECC on carbon capture technology

Peterhead power station
Peterhead power station

The Department of Energy (DECC) has appointed Wood Group Kenny  to provide technical advisory services for carbon capture and storage policies, as well as for potential projects across the UK.

The four year agreement will see WGK support DECC to ensure carbon capture energy policies are underpinned by robust technical evidence and provide independent advice on the technical understanding and review of CCS developments.

WGK’s previous experience in CCS includes the Peterhead Carbon Capture and Storage project being developed by Shell and Scottish & Southern Energy (SSE).

This collaboration between Shell and SSE aims to capture one million tonnes of CO2 emissions every year and transport it by pipeline 100km offshore for long-term storage one mile under the North Sea via an existing oil pipeline.

Scotland is ideally placed to realise CCS on a commercial scale because the North Sea is the largest CO2 storage resource in Europe with existing oil and gas capabilities, ready supply chain and expertise, pipelines and platform infrastructure already in place.

Bob MacDonald, Chief Executive, Wood Group Kenny, said: “This contract award demonstrates how we apply our extensive engineering expertise to diverse markets. Utilising our knowledge in CO2 and CCS projects, we are positioned at the forefront of this sector and look forward to supporting DECC in this field.”

WGK has been appointed by DECC as one of six technical specialists. Under the technical specialist framework, engineering experts will be provided from across Wood Group specialities as required.

Specific areas of consideration within the scope of technical insight and design review will include: carbon capture, transport and storage; power generation solutions and novel technology, process and materials for CCS projects.

Last year, WGK was awarded the front end engineering design for the subsea and pipeline element of the Peterhead CCS project in Aberdeenshire – the world’s first full-chain CCS project on a gas-fired power station.

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