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The proposed Powerfuel power plant in Yorkshire is closer to winning EUR180m (GBP162m) funding from the EC for developing carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology.

This would in turn bring thousands of jobs to the region.

The Powerfuel Hatfield site near Doncaster has been recommended as a potential candidate for funding and has beaten off rival schemes from E.ON at Kingsnorth, RWE at Tilbury and Scottish Power at Longannet for the CCS demonstration project.

Tom Riordan, chief executive at Yorkshire Forward, said: ‘Securing the first project is a vital step in developing a region-wide CCS cluster.

‘Nowhere in Europe has such a large number of power stations so close to safe carbon storage in depleted gas fields in the North Sea, and the region has access to proven technology and engineering skills.

‘We have the potential of storing up to 10 per cent of the UK’s carbon emissions, creating thousands of jobs and creating an infrastructure that could attract energy-intensive industries that want a solution for their carbon emissions.’ The 900 megawatt plant will use CCS technology, which involves liquefying carbon dioxide emissions by burning fossil fuels and then pumping it out to depleted gas fields.

The Hatfield location is ideal for developing a CCS cluster because of its proximity to a large number of power stations that are close to depleted gas fields in the North Sea, where carbon can be safely stored and within 15 years could cut the region’s CO2 emissions by up to 60 million tonnes.

Yorkshire Forward has been working closely with Powerfuel and the National Grid to develop part of a scheme to build a network of CO2 pipelines linking power stations and major industrial installations across Yorkshire and Humberside.

Five other European sites have been selected for CCS funding, in Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain and Italy.

The funding will come from the European Commission’s energy programme recovery fund, which is allocating EUR1.05bn to CCS, as well as EUR1.75bn earmarked for better international energy links.

Yorkshire Forward

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