UK Govt publishes ‘lessons learned’ and technical reports from Peterhead carbon-capture project – after pulling plug on £1bn flagship energy project

IN HAPPIER DAYS: Prime Minister David Cameron signs the Peterhead CCS deal as the then deputy prime minister Nick Clegg, the then Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael and the then British Energy Minister Ed Davey look on
IN HAPPIER DAYS: Prime Minister David Cameron, accompanied by the then deputy prime minister,  Nick Clegg, the then Scottish Secretary Alistair Michael, Shell chief executive Ben Van Beurden and SSE chairman Alistair Philips-Davies, look on as the then British Energy Minister Ed Davey signs the Peterhead CCS deal

Notwithstanding its £1-billion U-turn to scuttle it, the UK government has published a report on the ‘lessons learned’ from the now-aborted Peterhead carbon-capture project.

And also notwithstanding the political fury across the board in Scotland about the government’s decision to pull the plug on the Peterhead project, a statement from DECC said that ‘the UK government is committed to sharing the knowledge from this CCS project and to learning from other projects around the world.

“This will help accelerate CCS cost reduction, as well as sharing information from the reports it commissions. This information is beneficial to academia and the CCS industry, as well as raising the public profile of CCS.”

One of the objectives of the demonstration project was to enable the work being carried out to be reproduced by others carrying out CCS project developments, rather than it being unique work only applicable to the Peterhead project.

The project consisted of the installation of carbon dioxide capture technology at the existing Peterhead gas-fired power station, conditioning and compression of the captured carbon dioxide, transfer by subsea pipeline to the Goldeneye gas platform in the central North Sea, and injection into the depleted Goldeneye gas reservoir.

The project was being developed by Shell in conjunction with SSE, the owners and operators of the Peterhead power station and was regarded as the pioneer for a new generation of Scottish energy jobs and export ‘know-how’ sales.

The project technical reports and ‘lessons learned’ summary are available here:

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