08 Jul 2010 04:07:40
Big 6 energy firm to invest in CCS
Scottish and Southern Energy has announced plans to create a carbon capture and storage (CCS) facility at its Peterhead power plant in Aberdeenshire.
The project at the gas-fired power station will utilise land already owned by the energy company and an existing gas turbine, steam turbine and electricity network connection.
Dr Whiteford, Banff and Buchan MP, said that the project puts the area at the "cutting-edge of carbon capture technology".
In 2007, plans to capture emissions and use them for enhanced oil recovery in the North Sea were abandoned due to a lack of clear government policy.
SNP westminster energy spokesperson Mike Weir, who has lobbied for CCS facilities at gas-fired power stations, said that the new government must ensure this does not happen again in the future.
"Scotland could have been the world leader in CCS had the last Labour government given sufficient backing to the proposed development at Peterhead, instead it let that go overseas with its blinkered attitude to only developing coal-based CCS," he added.
In its programme for government, the coalition said that it would publically fund CCS at four coal-fired power stations; however the Committee on Climate Change said that funding for gas CCS should be considered.