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Shell signs CCS agreement with UK government

World Coal,

Shell has signed an agreement with the UK government to progress the Peterhead Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) project to the next design phase.

The project is led by Shell and supported by SSE, the owners of the Peterhead gas power station in Aberdeenshire. It aims to capture 10 million t of CO2 over 10 years. This will generate enough clean electricity to power the equivalent of 500 000 homes a year. If successful, the project will represent the first ever industrial-scale application of CCS technology at a gas power station.


Chairman of Shell UK, Ed Daniels, commented: “The signing of this agreement is a hugely important step towards the UK delivering the world’s first CCS demonstration facility on a gas-fired power station. The project has the potential to make gas, already the cleanest burning fossil fuel, even cleaner.

“CCS could be critical to reducing carbon emissions at a time of growing global demand for energy. The successful demonstration of the technology at Peterhead would be a step towards proving its commercial viability as a tool for mitigating climate change. It could also help diversify the North Sea oil and gas industry ­ and so contribute to the sector’s long-term commercial health.”

Managing director of SSE – Generation, Paul Smith, added: “SSE is proud to be working with Shell on proposals to install this cutting-edge technology at our Peterhead plant. CCS could play a major role in ensuring secure, low carbon energy in the future and we are pleased to be playing our part in its development."

CCS projects

The proposed initiative at Peterhead is part of a portfolio of major CCS projects supported by Shell. Others include the Quest oil sands project in Alberta, Canada, and the Gorgon project in Australia.

The agreement, signed by Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, marks the start of the Front-End Engineering and Design (FEED) phase, which is expected to continue until 2015. Subject to positive final investment decisions by Shell and the UK government and the receipt of all relevant consents and permits, the project is expected fully operational by the end of the decade.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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