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19 May 2011 10:05:05

Scottish CCS projects 'could create 5,000 jobs'

Scottish CCS projects 'could create 5,000 jobs'
The future economic benefits of the creation of three carbon capture and storage (CCS) facilities in Scotland have been outlined in a new report.

Conducted by Scottish Enterprise, the research addresses the proposed CCS developments at Longannet, Peterhead and Hunterston, suggesting as many as 5,000 jobs could be created.

Up to 4,600 direct and indirect positions could be created during the initial construction phase, with 454 operational roles supported throughout the lifetime of the demonstration projects. The majority of these roles would be created at Hunterston.

Adrian Gillespie, senior director of energy and low carbon technologies at Scottish Enterprise, said it was possible the CCS projects could add immediate value to Scotland's economy.

The research suggested £2.75 billion of gross added value would be added during construction, with a further £535 million created each year the projects are in operation.

Mr Gillespie added: "We want to see a number of CCS demonstration projects developed in Scotland and are working with our partners in industry, in the UK government and in Europe to help make that happen."

Three CCS projects in Scotland – in Ayrshire, Longannet and Peterhead – have been submitted for financial support under the European NER300 fund. ADNFCR-1235-ID-800549131-ADNFCR

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