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08 Nov 2010 01:11:15

Gas-fired plants to be eligible for CCS scheme

Gas-fired plants to be eligible for CCS scheme
Gas-fired power stations will now be eligible to participate in the government's carbon capture and storage (CCS) demonstration programme.

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne announced that the government is encouraging companies to come up with project ideas for gas-fired plants, but highlighted that this does not mean harsher emissions constraints are being placed on the plants.

The scheme, which has funding of £1 billion for the first commercial scale CCS project, had previously only been open to coal power stations.

Mr Huhne said: "We won't be able to take the carbon out of all gas plants overnight, but we hope to support the process by investment in new technology now."

He added: "I want to be clear that this does not mean that we are imposing the same emission constraints on gas-fired power plants as on coal in the short or medium term."

Recommendations from a Committee on Climate Change report and research conducted by the Office of Carbon Capture and Storage were taken into account to reach the decision.

Plans to use public investment to install CCS technology at four coal-fired power stations were announced in the coalition's programme for government.ADNFCR-1235-ID-800222410-ADNFCR

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