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Carbon Capture and Storage – A Roadmap for Scotland

and oil and gas) come together? Questions over liability.  Need to ensure that technology makes the leap from demonstration to deployment

– experiences form other sectors e.g. growth of the oil and gas sector might be useful.  Issue of liability is currently being considered as part of offshore licensing development and EU directive. However it has to be recognised that issues around liability risks are likely to be a significant risk factor at the current time.

Storage

No full CCS projects yet implemented in UK offshore waters. Uncertainty about storage capacity

Offshore storage regime currently being developed. Storage development will run alongside demonstration projects.  Scottish CCTS Development Study is currently assessing storage capacity in North Sea saline aquifers in more detail. Drilling of aquifers is likely to be necessary at some stage

Regulation

Regulation of projects not yet completed. Planning risks to part of CCS chain.  Regulators restrict CCS operations

Regulation needs to be in step or ahead of proposed demonstration projects – UK and Scottish Governments are working together to develop appropriate regulatory approach along with partners and other statuary agencies.  Progress being made in this area to ensure regulation ties in with projects.  Guidance being developed on Section 36 and positive engagement with all relevant regulators to ensure that planning is not a significant barrier to CCS development

Public Acceptance

As in other parts of Europe, there may be some resistance to CCS projects

Scottish Government and others are working with NGOs and others in Scotland to ensure that concerns are addressed and that there is a broad public acceptance of CCS.  The CCS successor project is also taking forward work on this

Economic Opportunity

Scotland fails to benefit fully from development of CCS. Supply chain fails to ensure delivery

Strategic Alliance approach being developed in Scotland to focus on economic opportunities. Focus of Scottish Enterprise on CCS as a priority sector.  Thermal Guidance and CCS Industry Advisory Group

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