01 Jun 2009 12:06:06
ScottishPower sets up first CCS project in the UK
ScottishPower has switched on the UK's first industrial carbon capture and storage (CCS) system at its Longannet coal-fired power station in Scotland.
The prototype CCS unit is the first step in the energy provider's plans to deploy a full-scale demonstration of the technology by 2014, with a view to establishing a carbon storage industry in the central North Sea region.
It was turned on following the recent publication of a report by Scottish Regional, which has highlighted the potential capability of the North Sea to store all of Europe's carbon dioxide emissions into the next century.
Developed by Aker Clean Carbon, the prototype unit will provide ScottishPower with the means to test the complicated processes involved with CO2 capture from the gases that are released in the power station flues.
Ignacio Galan, chairman of the power generation company, said: "We believe that the UK can lead the world with CCS technology, creating new skils, jobs and opportunities for growth.
"There is the potential to create an industry on the same scale as North Sea Oil, and we will invest in Scotland and the UK to help realise this potential.
It is estimated that the unit will be able to process 1,000 cubic metres of exhaust gas from Longannet every hour and that CCS will ultimately be able to capture 90 percent of the CO2 from the facility.http://www.geos.ed.ac.uk/sccs/regional-study/CO2-JointStu...