14 Aug 2009 10:08:05
Shell UK joins Scottish Power CCS programme
Renewable energy provider ScottishPower has announced that National Grid and Shell UK have joined its carbon capture and storage (CCS) consortium.
That expanding group, which already includes organisations such as Aker Clean Carbon, aims to deliver the UK's first CCS system for ScottishPower's commercial coal-fired power station in Longannet, Scotland, by 2014.
CCS technology sequesters carbon emitted by the coal burning process and stores it in suitable locations such as underneath sea beds.
According to official government estimates, it has the potential to reduce the carbon footprint of coal-fired power stations by 90 percent in total.
ScottishPower chief executive Nick Horler welcomed the new members, adding: "Both of these companies will bring specialist knowledge, expertise and opportunities for growth in the development of this cutting edge technology.
The ScottishPower CCS consortium is currently preparing to submit a bid for the government's CCS competition.
Last month, the company showed off an early version of its Longannet CCS unit to representatives from China Power Investment Corporation, one of the east Asian country's largest power companies.http://www.scottishpower.com/CorporateResponsibility.asp