Azara Blog: Scotland tries carbon sequestration

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Date published: 2005/07/01

The BBC says:

The world's first industrial-scale clean energy power plant to generate "carbon-free" electricity from hydrogen could be built in Aberdeenshire.

The £330m project will split natural gas into hydrogen and carbon dioxide.

The hydrogen will fuel a new power station to be built near the existing power station at Peterhead.

The carbon dioxide (CO2) will then be liquefied and piped underground for storage in BP's Miller oil field where it can also help to recover more oil.

Oil giant BP PLC and its partners Royal Dutch/Shell, ConocoPhillips and Scottish & Southern Energy PLC are planning to build the 350 megawatt power station, which could come on stream in 2009.

BP said the project would reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emitted to the atmosphere by the power generation by more than 90% and would provide carbon-free electricity to the equivalent of a quarter of a million UK homes.

Initial engineering feasibility studies into the project have been completed and the partners will now begin detailed design work to make sure the project is economically viable.

The carbon dioxide would be exported through existing pipelines to the Miller oilfield which is due to cease production in 2006/7.

The injection of carbon dioxide could increase oil recovery by up to 40 million barrels and extend the field's life by 15-20 years, BP said.

Norway's Statoil company has buried carbon dioxide under the North Sea since 1996.

The UK Government recently announced £25m of funding to develop carbon sequestration.

It's good that someone is trying out this technology, it won't be all the solution to carbon excess but it could definitely play an important part.

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