21 Oct 2009 09:10:04
Hatfield power station recommended for CCS
The European Commission (EC) has awarded a power station in Hatfield, Yorkshire with 180 million (£164 million) worth of funding to install carbon capture and storage technology.
Powerfuel Power, owner of the site, is to receive the money as part of the European Energy Programme for Recovery fund.
The power station beat other sites at Kingsnorth in Kent and Longannet in Fife to win the funding from the EC.
Chris Davies, the British Liberal Democrat Euro-MP, helped guide CCS legislation through the European Union during 2008 and welcomed the news.
He said: "Yorkshire is the best location in Britain from which to start CCS development.
"A network of pipelines connecting power plants and major industrial installations in the area could allow us to divert 70 million tonnes of CO2 annually within 15 years."
The British government is expected to invest the same amount as the EC into the project.
An additional 50 billion is to be invested in low carbon technologies during the next ten years by the EC. http://ec.europa.eu/news/energy/091008_en.htm