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Revolutionary Peterhead carbon capture and storage project spearheaded by Shell

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Screen Shot 2015-01-06 at 21.26.38From an article by Joshua King published on 30 March 2015 by the Aberdeen Press & Journal under the headline:

Plans for revolutionary Peterhead energy project revealed

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Plans for a pioneering clean energy project in the north-east have been formally tabled with Aberdeenshire Council in a major milestone for the multimillion-pound scheme.

The carbon capture and storage (CCS) development planned for Peterhead Power Station could bring hundreds of jobs to the Buchan town and would be the first of its kind in the world.

Spearheaded by giant Shell, it involves pumping tens of millions of tonnes of harmful CO2 back into depleted North Sea gas wells, 62 miles offshore.

Last night, Shell’s project leader Bill Spence said: “Submitting the onshore environmental statement and planning application is the culmination of a huge amount of technical and design work by the whole Peterhead project team over the last year, informed by all of the feedback we have received through our three phases of public consultation. “We are pleased to have reached this milestone and are grateful to the local community for the level of interest and engagement we have seen.”

If backed by the UK Government and approved by Aberdeenshire Council, Peterhead Power Plant – managed by SSE – would become the first commercial scale gas-fired CCS project.”

Feedback from the public consultation meetings, as well as the detailed plans and costings, will be given to the government later this year in a bid for a portion of the £100million carbon capture investment pot.

The UK Government and Shell will then each decide whether to fund the scheme.

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i.e. How much will the government be willing to pay Shell to undertake this exercise? Numerous other similar projects have been proposed around Europe, but in the end the government subsidies were insufficient to justify the costs.

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