Energy Secretary Chris Huhne opened Britain’s biggest carbon capture pilot plant attached to a power station in Yorkshire today.
The flagship test programme, worth more than £20 million, will see the carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology capture the equivalent of up to 100 tonnes of carbon emissions a day from Scottish and Southern Energy’s (SSE) Ferrybridge coal-fired power station.
Huhne, launching the CCPilot 100+ project, said it represented an “important milestone” in Britain’s plans to develop CCS.
“This is the first operating carbon capture plant attached to a power station at this scale in the UK and has benefited from more than £6 million in public money. This investment will be invaluable to the wider commercial scale deployment of CCS by reducing uncertainty, driving down costs and developing the UK supply chain and skills,” he said.
The project is a partnership between industry partners SSE, Doosan Power Systems and Vattenfall, and is supported by the Department of Energy and Climate Change, the Technology Strategy Board and Northern Way.
The launch of today’s project comes after commitment to CCS was thrown into doubt in October when the government cancelled plans to fund a full-scale demonstration project in Longannet in Scotland.