MacDonald welcomes jointly funded Industrial Research & Feasibility study for Caledonia Clean Energy Project

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Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald has given a cautious welcome to the announcement that the Scottish and UK Governments will provide £4.2 million for industrial research and feasibility work for a proposed full–chain 570 MW Carbon-Capture-Storage (CCS) coal-gasification power station located in Grangemouth, Scotland.

The funding, £2.5 million from the Scottish Government and £1.7 million from Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), will allow Seattle-based Summit Power Group to undertake substantial industrial research and feasibility studies with the ultimate objective of designing, siting, financing, and building their proposed Caledonia Clean Energy Project. A detailed programme of research and development work will now be undertaken over an 18 month period to advance the engineering design of the project. The findings of the industrial research feasibility work will be shared across industry and academia, increasing understanding of how to develop and deploy CCS at commercial scale.

For the first time, this large scale low-carbon power project aims to combine and integrate state-of-the-art coal gasification, 570 MW power generation, and carbon capture technologies in a single facility. The proposed power station will be fitted with CCS technology designed to capture 90% of CO2 emissions which would then be transported via existing on-shore pipelines and existing sub-sea pipelines for permanent geological storage 2km beneath the North Sea.

Giving a cautious welcome to the funding, Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald said:

“It is clear that we have major challenges ahead regarding energy production in Scotland and the UK, not least with the threatened closure of Longannet. Other options need to be looked at, and while we are a year ahead of target with regard to renewable energy production in Scotland, there needs to be a mix of energy production until we can become 100% reliant on renewable energy.

“Carbon Capture and Storage is at an early technological stage, and much more work needs to be done, however this feasibility study will go some way towards assisting Summit Power in deciding whether the project goes ahead or not.”  

Welcoming the study Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said:

“Carbon Capture and Storage has the potential to be one of the most cost effective technologies for decarbonisation of the UK’s power and industrial sectors, as well as those of economies worldwide. CCS can remove carbon dioxide emissions created by the combustion of fossil fuels in power stations and in a variety of industrial processes and transport it for safe permanent storage deep underground.

“In the power sector, CCS can contribute significantly to the diversity and security of electricity supply, and also has a unique role to play in providing a continuing supply of flexible fossil fuel capacity that is able to respond to demand in the way that other low carbon technologies are not able to. The Scottish Government will work with the Summit Power Group with the aim to bring this cutting edge, innovative project to Scotland.”

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