DECC has announced the award of a Front End Engineering Design (FEED) study for the Peterhead Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) project on a natural gas power plant in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. This news comes two months after the FEED study contract for the White Rose commercial-scale CCS electricity project at Drax power station in North Yorkshire was announced.
Welcoming this announcement, Professor Jon Gibbins, director of the UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre (UKCCSRC) said, “CCS is imperative for the UK to reach our emission reduction targets and these FEED study projects will capitalise on the growing research knowledge base in the UK.”
The Peterhead CCS project will use a post-combustion capture system to extract CO2 from an existing gas turbine unit, and facilities to compress it for pipeline transport, 100km offshore, to secure geological storage in the depleted Goldeneye field beneath the North Sea. The project involves Shell and SSE.