The individual processes (capture, transport, and storage) involved in CCS are not novel but have yet to be demonstrated together at a commercial scale on power generation. A lack of demonstration has been identified as a barrier to CCS deployment. In the 2007 Budget, the Government announced that it would launch a competition to develop the UK’s first full-scale demonstration of carbon capture and storage.
The Energy white paper: meeting the energy challenge provided further details and set an aim for launching the competition by November 2007. This competition was duly launched by the Prime Minister in November 2007.
This demonstration will be one of the first of its kind anywhere in the world. It is on course to demonstrate the full chain of CCS by 2014 – placing the UK as a world leader in this globally important new technology.
Key objectives of the demonstration competition in the UK are:
The UK aim to extract and share as much learning as possible from the demonstration to facilitate the global deployment of CCS – we are currently assessing the best ways to achieve this effectively.
Competition documentation and a question and answer section, geared towards potential project developers, can be found on the Documentation & Q & A page of the website.