Shell Leads First-Ever Industrial Scale Application of CCS at Gas Power Station
Shell recently signed an agreement to utilize carbon capture and storage (CCS) at the Peterhead gas power station in Aberdeenshire, Ireland with strategic support from SSE, a leading electric and gas company operating in the UK and Ireland.
The company aims to capture 10 million tons of CO2 over the next ten years, which woud generate enough clean energy to power the equivalent of 500,000 homes each year. If successful, the project will be the first industrial-scale operation of CCS technology at a gas power station.
The project, led by Shell, with strategic support from SSE, owners of the Peterhead gas power station in Aberdeenshire, aims to capture 10 million tons of CO2 over 10 years. This will generate enough clean electricity to power the equivalent of 500,000 homes per year. If successful, the project will represent the first industrial-scale application of CCS technology at a gas power station anywhere in the world.
CCS refers to the process of capturing waste carbon dioxide and transporting it to a location where it cannot enter the atmosphere, such as an underground geological formation. By preventing the carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere, CCS could help slow global warming.
”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,” says Ed Daniels, Chairman of Shell UK. “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.”
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.
“SSE is proud to be working with Shell on proposals to install this cutting-edge technology at our Peterhead plant,” says Paul Smith, Managing Director, Generation, SSE. “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"
The agreement signed by Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, at Shell’s offices in Aberdeen today, marks the start of a period of Front-End Engineering and Design (FEED), which is expected to continue until 2015. The project is expected to be operational by the end of the decade, pending final investment decisions by Shell and the UK government and all relevant consents and permits.