Carbon capture and storage project by 2020s

A scheme that would pipe carbon to storage sites under the North Sea could be working by the mid-2020s. Although the technology required has yet to be fully developed, research funding has been announced and Energy and Clean Growth Minister Claire Perry has endorsed the project.

The Acorn Project carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) project plans to take CO2 from Peterhead and pipe it to depleted gas fields. Later phases could generate hydrogen from North Sea gas and store the carbon dioxide by-product.

With both UK and Scottish Governments supporting the plan, along with project developer Pale Blue Dot Energy and oil and gas major Total, the project is taking strides to becoming reality, with Marie-Noelle Semeria, senior vice president, group chief technology officer at Total saying: “Total is delighted to invest and support the Acorn CCUS project. Carbon capture, utilisation and storage is going to play an essential role in achieving carbon neutrality in the second half of the century without curbing economic and social growth. Total is committed to invest 10 per cent of its annual R&D investment into CCUS and to contribute to major projects around the world that will help assess technologies and make CCUS an economic solution. Today, we take another important step forward with our investment in the UK-based Acorn project, which seeks to turn technologies behind CCUS into a viable business model.”

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