14 Mar 2011 01:03:07
Scotland's Moray Firth 'could store 100 years' of CO2 emissions'
The Moray Firth has been identified as a possible carbon capture and storage (CCS) hub in a new study exploring the environmental and economic benefits of the technology.
Rock located below the firth, known as the Captain Sandstone, was said to be capable of storing at least 15 years' worth of CO2
emissions from Scottish power plants, with some predictions suggesting it could capture 100 years' worth.
Entitled Progressing Scotland's CO2
Storage Opportunities, the study was conducted by a consortium comprising the Scottish government, members of the industry and researchers.
Professor Eric Mackay, from Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage, said: "The Captain Sandstone is just one of many rock formations filled with salt water in the central and northern North Sea."
He described the future potential for such formations in reducing CO2
emissions as "immense".
Furthermore, by 2020 some 13,000 jobs in Scotland alone could be created due to CCS, while a further 14,000 could be produced across the UK.
Nine UK CCS projects were submitted for funding under the European Union's NER300 scheme, three of which were based in Scotland, energy minister Charles Hendry recently confirmed.