Thursday, November 1, 2012

Short List Announced in UK CCS Funding Competition

The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced four finalists in its £1 billion ($1.6 billion) CCS Commercialization Program funding competition, restructured and reintroduced earlier this year as the centerpiece of a national CCS Roadmap (see UK Relaunches CCS Policy, 4/16).  The finalists include:

  • Captain Clean Energy Project - A new 570 MW coal plant with pre-combustion capture in Grangemouth, Scotland, with offshore storage in depleted gas fields.
  • Peterhead - A 340 MW post-combustion retrofit to an existing gas plant in Peterhead, Scotland.
  • Teesside Low Carbon Project - A pre-combustion capture project linked to a coal gasification plant in England, with storage in both a depleted oil field and a saline aquifer.
  • White Rose Project - A new 304 MW coal-fired station with oxyfuel capture in North Yorkshire.
All shortlisted projects are fully integrated across the CCS value chain.  The Teesside and White Rose projects are also finalists for EU NER300 first round funding, although neither is considered a leading contender (see Update on NER300, 8/10).  Peterhead is on the NER300 reserve list for possible second round funding.  (The Don Valley project, a top NER300 candidate, was not submitted to the UK competition.)

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