Carbon capture projects – DECC short list

The TUC’s Touchstone Blog this morning questions the decision not to shortlist the Don Valley Power Project for the UK’s £1bn Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) competition.

They ask is the government’s intent on pushing any major financial commitment to carbon capture into the next Parliament? Don Valley was the top ranked project in a parallel process run by the European Commission and appeared to be “shovel ready”. Maybe too ready?

The four bids on the DECC shortlist, including two Scottish schemes, are all full chain capture, transport and storage projects:

White Rose Project: a new 304MW fully abated coal-fired power station on the Drax site in North Yorkshire.
Captain Clean Energy Project: a new 570MW, fully abated coal power project in Grangemouth, Scotland.
Peterhead, Scotland: a 340MW capture plant retrofitted to part of an existing 1180MW gas power station.
Teesside Low Carbon Project: a coal project linked to 330MW power generating capacity fuelled by synthetic gas.

The four were selected from eight bids received after an evaluation process that considered project deliverability, value for money, and the Government’s timetable to deliver a cost-competitive CCS industry in the 2020s. The successful projects are now being invited to take part in a period of intensive commercial negotiations with Government before decisions on which projects to support further are taken in the new year.

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