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29 May 2009 10:05:06

UK and Norway to study North Sea CO2 capture



UK and Norway to study North Sea CO2 capture
A joint investigation has been commissioned by the governments of the UK and Norway into the capacity of the North Sea to store carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from European countries.

Lord Hunt and Norwegian minister Terje Riis-Johansen signed off on the study, which will look at the potential of carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects under the sea bed, at the recent Climate Change and Technology summit in Norway.

Scientists will assess how to get the site ready for large-scale CCS and attempt to lay out a realistic time-frame for this to occur.

"Today's agreement reaffirms the UK's leadership in tackling the emissions from fossil fuel power generation," said Lord Hunt.

"The strength of the UK's offshore industries means we are well-placed to store that carbon dioxide under the North Sea."

It is intended that the study will identify potential issues relating to volumes and locations of CO2 flows around Europe and ways in which they can be managed across borders.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change estimates that CCS schemes have the potential to remove 90 percent of the CO2 emitted by fossil fuel combustion.

Last month, energy minister Ed Miliband announced plans that would ultimately see all of the UK's coal-fired power stations equipped with CCS technology.

http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/news/090423_ccs_sta...

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