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UK carbon capture and storage moves on with FEED contract

Capture Power is to proceed with the next stage of the White Rose Carbon Capture and Storage Project following the award of a FEED contract by the government.

The FEED (front end engineering and design) contract includes the planned development of a carbon dioxide (CO2) transportation and storage solution – the Yorkshire Humber CCS Trunkline – to be undertaken by National Grid Carbon.

The FEED study is a two year programme of detailed engineering, planning and financial work to finalise and de-risk all aspects of the proposal ahead of taking the final investment decision, and proceeding to financial close and the commencement of construction.

During FEED, Capture Power - a consortium of Alstom, Drax and BOC - plus National Grid Carbon will continue to work with the Department of Energy and Climate Change with a view to concluding a Project Contract for the construction and operation of the CCS project.

In a statement, Leigh Hackett, general manager, Capture Power, said: ’The White Rose CCS Project has great potential to demonstrate oxyfuel combustion CCS technology which will benefit other projects in the UK and overseas.’

Located on land adjacent to the existing Drax Power Station, near Selby in North Yorkshire, the proposed 426MW CCS power plant will burn coal with the added ability to co-fire biomass.

Fully equipped with CCS technology from the outset, 90 per cent of all the CO2 produced by the plant will be captured and transported by pipeline for permanent storage deep beneath the North Sea seabed.

In related news, Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey has opened Drax power station’s coal-to-biomass conversion plant. The biomass conversion will see three of the six generating units at the power station converted to burn biomass in place of coal.

The first unit has been running on biomass since the beginning of April, with the second planned for next year and the third in 2016.

Drax calculates that burning wood pellets rather than coal will reduce carbon emissions by 80 per cent.

Readers' comments (3)

  • This is crazy in the extreme.

    I have recently completed a comprehensive review of the effectiveness of new energy technologies on reducing carbon dioxide.

    None of them come anywhere near to being as cost effective as simply converting from coal to gas fired generation or, better still, nuclear power.

    But it is even more crazy because, as we now know – and as the IPCC are beginning to admit – man-made carbon dioxide does not cause dangerous global warming.

    USD2 trillion have been squandered on renewable energy projects over the last 10 years. For nothing. The economic damage is probably comparable to the economic collapse of 2008.

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  • Do you have a name for your source at the IPCC who is saying this? Please refer to last weeks New Scientist for a detailed explanation of the dip in temperature. The corrected trend is still clearly upwards. Names and sources please...

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  • The White Rose project can potentially demonstrate carbon negative power by combining CCS on a co-fired mix of biomass/coal. This is essentially the only technology concept for carbon-negative power currently near demonstration at a meaningful scale. Carbon-negative power is a potential game-changer in managing CO2 emissions. Simply switching from coal to natural gas is nowhere near as effective. Nuclear cannot produce carbon-negative power per se, and it will take 10-15 years just to build the first few new nuclear power plant. White Rose CCS will be operational in 5-7 years, and copies can be constructed likely in 4-6 years. This is a significant advantage to the White Rose CCS concept. And Bryan Leyland- your criticism of the IPCC and rejection of climate science is simply mistaken and fool-hearted, and it is equivalent to denying the health damage and risks due to smoking tobaco.

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