Carbon Capture and Storage – A Roadmap for Scotland
a head start in the development of CCS demonstration projects, we are pleased that both the UK Government and the EU are now committing to funding a range of CCS demonstrators. The Scottish Government is supportive of the proposed project based at Longannet for a post-combustion coal demonstration plant which is part of the shortlist for the current UK CCS competition. In time we want to see other proposals being developed in Scotland.
Scotland stands to benefit both from the money which will be raised from the levy on generation to fund CCS projects and also from the EU ETS New Entrants Reserve allocation which will begin in 2010. We are pleased that the UK Government has recognised that some aspects of spending from the proposed CCS levy touch on devolved matters and we look forward to continue to working with it to ensure that Scottish based projects can benefit.
The Scottish Centre for Carbon Capture and Storage (SCCS) is driving forward academic research in this area. For example it recently won the European Commission’s tender for a study to determine the future shape of the EU-wide CO2 transport and storage network. In addition it has recently appointed Professor Jon Gibbons from Imperial College in London – one of the UK’s foremost experts in capture technology. The Centre has also made a number of recent appointments, including a Scottish Power supported Professorship in CCS.
Doosan Babcock is currently demonstrating its OxyCoal combustion technology at Renfrew. The project is a collaboration between Doosan Babcock, the UK Government, the prime sponsor Scottish and Southern Energy, and a group of seven other sponsors (Air Products, Drax, DONG, EDF, E.On, ScottishPower and Vattenfall), supported by UK Coal. In addition, Scottish Power has been running its mobile test unit at Longannet for a number of months.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is working with other European Environment Agencies through the Environmental Protection Agency Network11. SEPA is keen to facilitate an exchange of information and knowledge on environmental and regulatory aspects of the merging CCS regime.
The successor research project, to the initial Scottish study, the Scottish CCTS Development Study, has already commenced, building on the initial report and incorporating a number of separate work packages;
Publication of this roadmap;