News Archive 2011

For the most up-to-date news, please view our Weekly Newsletter.

22 September

CCS TLM and NCCCS Launch new CCS Training Academy

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between CCS TLM Limited and NCCCS to develop and jointly run a series of short (2-3 day) training courses aimed at improving knowledge and understanding of the CCS business across all CCS stakeholders. These courses will give delegates access to a CCS TLM team with extensive experience and capabilities in the technical, commercial and financing aspects of large-scale fully integrated CCS projects combined with the NCCCS that brings together the expertise and talents of geologists from the British Geological Survey and capture and pipeline engineers from the University of Nottingham.  To read press release.

21 September

Alstom & Datang agree to jointly develop carbon capture demonstration projects in China

China Datang Corporation and Alstom have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to form a long-term strategic partnership and jointly develop carbon capture and storage (CCS) demonstration projects in China. The announcement was made on the occasion of the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum organized this year in Beijing, and attended by key governmentaland corporate energy decision makers.  Read the press release.

22 June

CCSA President’s Reception

On Wednesday Lord Oxburgh, the Association’s President, hosted the CCSA’s summer reception at the House of Lords.  The event was extremely well attended with representation by government officials, the energy sector, academia and, of course, our members.

This year the Rt Hon Chris Huhne MP, Secretary of State, DECC, was our invited guest and he spoke for 10-15 minutes outlining the Government’s commitment to developing CCS and emphasised the importance of the first four UK projects to this goal.  He congratulated UK industry for its seven entries out of a total of thirteen CCS projects that have been forwarded for funding assessment under the European demonstration programme.  He also thanked the CCSA for its support in helping to put the UK in a leading role in the world in CCS.

The picture below shows Chris Huhne MP, Gardiner Hill, Chairman of the CCSA and Jeff Chapman, CEO of the CCSA.

IMG_5796_processed_Small.jpg

22 June

The Role of Earth Observation in Carbon Capture and Storage

During the last two years the European Space Agency (ESA) has funded a project aimed at establishing a ‘service concept’ that could be applied to monitoring CO2 capture and storage facilities.  One of the biggest challenges facing the CCS industry is demonstrating that CO2 capture and storage is safe, effective and can be achieved at industrial scale at a competitive cost. Read the article.

21 June

CO2CRC tests new CO2 capture technology

The Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies (CO2CRC) is developing a an innovative system for capturing carbon dioxide from power stations following a grant from Brown Coal Innovation Australia.

A computer model of the process to facilitate scale-up, along with large-scale designs and costs for equipment items, with the aim of making the system ‘power station ready’ will be developed. Read the article.

20 June

Carbon capture and storage heavyweights form alliance

The research institutes SINTEF in Norway, TNO in the Netherlands and IFP Energies nouvelles (IFPEN) in France are joining forces in the newly established “Tri4CCS Alliance”, which aims to make the capture, transport and storage of CO2 (CCS) safer and more cost-effective.

The three institutes are supporting the efforts of energy utilities, equipment suppliers and authorities via their research and innovation efforts related to CCS - i.e. the future capture, transport and underground storage of CO2 from fossil-fuelled power stations and process industry.

The three institutes employ a total of 450 scientists in these fields, with a R&D portfolio in CCS of some €60 million a year.

“As a group, we are large enough to tackle the scientific challenges that will emerge when in the course of a few years Europe commissions its planned demonstration and full-scale CCS plants,” says alliance spokesman Dr. Nils A. Røkke, Vice President Climate Technologies, SINTEF. Read the article

19 June

Invest to make coal clean

Only in the past few years has the energy policy debate in this country focused on improving our energy security and addressing climate change.

However, that’s not enough. We need to focus our efforts on the twin challenge of how best to use resources and how to use smart investments to spark innovation that will lead to new sources of energy. View the article

19 June

Gasification - Vattenfall opens Buggenum IGCC CCS pilot

The CO2 capture pilot power plant at the Vattenfall (Nuon) Willem-Alexander IGCC plant in Buggenum, the Netherlands, has been officially opened. A substantial research programme is linked to the project, involving ECN, Delft University of Technology and KEMA, with funding of 10 million euro from the Dutch government.

The trials will last about two years.

The utility says "commercial reasons, such as the trend in raw material prices", have played a significant role in further postponing the investment decision on the IGCC, which have included CCS.

Read the article

09 March

Bellona has published their inventory of CCS applications to Member States

Bellona Europa have issued the list of CCS project that have applied to the NER300 funding. This is not the official list as not all of the Member States have disclosed their respective list of applicants it does, however, show the 18 candidate projects that Bellona are aware of so far. It is worth noting that nine of the projects are located in the UK.
View the inventory.

09 March

UK’s Draft Carbon Plan has been released by DECC

The Government has released its draft plan of ongoing and planned cross-Government action on climate change that takes into account the first three UK carbon budgets covering the period 2008-2022. Following the fourth carbon budget (2023-2037) in June an updated ‘live’ Carbon Plan will be published in October 2011 that will take all four carbon budgets into account. The Carbon Plan sets out the Government’s vision of cleaner, more efficient energy, secure supply and stable energy prices as well as the growth that a low carbon economy will bring.
View the report.

08 March

Clean Steel – a blast from the future

According to a European report there are four technologies that could reduce steel plant emissions significantly. The closest to being introduced is the Fastmelt process, using a redesigned blast furnace to reduce iron ore more efficiently.
The report said that adding carbon capture and storage could reduce emissions in steel making by 55%. Read the story.

8 March

Two New Power stations, both Carbon Capture Ready are given approval

Wales is set to gain a new power plant with the potential to provide electricity to 1.4 million homes, as Energy Minister gave the go-ahead for SSE to build an 870 megawatt gas-fired power station near Port Talbot. The Combined Gas Turbine Plant will be built at the Baglan Bay Energy Park.
View the story

Meanwhile in Derbyshire RWE Power have received approval for their Willington plant which will play an important role in providing secure electricity supplies to millions of homes, as well as bringing jobs and investment to South Derbyshire.
View the story
.

3 March

Enel Inaugurates Italy’s First CCS Plant

Enel has inaugurated Italy’s first CCS pilot plant in Brindisi. This plant uses post-combustion capture technology and will be able to separate up to 8000 metric tons of CO2 per year, equivalent to the CO2 absorbed by around 800,000 trees. The European Union originally granted Enel €100 million in funding the European Recovery Program for Energy.
View the story.

3 March

DECC 2050 Analysis

The Department of Energy and Climate Change has launched a new online simulation that allows the public to make decision on the UK’s energy future. The 2050 Calculator, the more technical counterpart, has also been updated, which analyses the UK’s energy and emissions system based on different technologies being used, including CCS.
View the story.

1 March

Eunomia Report on Importance of CO2 Storage in the East Irish Sea

 “Decades of industrial carbon emissions from the UK and Ireland could be stored in depleted gas fields deep beneath the East Irish Sea (EIS) according to a new study by Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) experts Eunomia”.
View the story and the full report.

1 March

Norway Delays CCS Project

Norway is to delay its CCS project at Mongstad, pushing back it decision to finance the project to 2016.
View the story.

Charles Hendry CCS Speech

Charles Hendry speech on European Carbon Capture & Storage at Platts CCS Conference, entitled : European Carbon Capture Storage: driving CCS forward – leaders perspective.
Read the speech.

28 February

CSLF Strategic Plan Implementation Report for 2011

The Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum has released its Strategic Plan Implrementation Report for 2011, outlining its progress in encouraging the international development and commercialisation of CCS.
View the press release.

28 February

Denmark to Become Future European CO2- Pipeline Hub

Denmark could become a key hub in a 17,900 km long CO2 pipeline network in new EU plans. Liquid CO2 could be transported from North Germany, Sweden, Finland and Baltic countries to transport CO2 via Danish pipelines for storage in the North Sea.
View the story.

26 February

Saskatchewan – Japanese Agreement on clean coal

A new Memorandum of Understanding has been signed by the Government of Saskatchewan and the Japan Coal Energy Center (JCOAL) to encourage co-operation on clean coal and carbon capture and storage technologies. The MOU was signed in Tokyo by JCOAL chairman Yoshihiko Nakagaki and the energy and resources minister Bill Boyd on his investment mission to Asia.
View the story.

25 February

Alberta Carbon Capture Spending Delayed

Alberta’s new budget has delayed cash for CCS projects, whilst environmental monitoring for the oilsands has been boosted slightly. The Overall budget for Alberta’s Environment Department is to decrease by 3.3%.
View the story.

24 February

Government Response to ECC Committee Report on EPS

The UK Government has released its response to the Energy and Climate Change Committee Report on Emissions Performance Standard, which aims to prevent coalfired power stations being built without a sufficient portion of the plant being fitted with CCS to meet an EPS.
View the story and the report.

23 February

Kentucky to Advance in CCS

A Bill has been sent by the state of Kentucky to the state Senate calling for one to five demonstration projects to store CO2 emissions from power plants. The bill has been endorsed by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Secretary, who says that capturing and storing CO2 is a key component of clean-coal technology.
View the story.

18 February

Draft EC Report Recommends Investment in CCS

A draft EU report has found that higher emission reduction targets for the EU will be more cost effective. It also makes several recommendations in its 2050 roadmap, including at least €10 billion of investment annually in CCS, which must
be used “on a broad scale” after 2035.
View the story.

17 February

Government delays CCS roadmap

The government confirmed it would be pushing back publication of the Carbon Capture and Storage roadmap until Autumn rather than Spring. Jeff Chapman, chief executive of the Carbon Capture and Storage Association said the delay was "very regrettable" given the strategic importance of the roadmap and that he was working with the Office of Carbon Capture and Storage to get the document completed and out to business as soon as possible.
View the story

17 February

Excellent response to EU funding call for CCS and innovative renewables

A total of 14 UK projects (nine CCS and five innovative renewables) have applied for funding from the EU’s New Entrant Reserve (NER) scheme – a fund worth between EUR4.5 billion and EUR9 billion to support carbon capture and storage (CCS) and innovative renewable projects across the European Union. “The commitment this Government has shown for CCS is world-leading” says Energy Minister Charles Hendry.
View the story

16 February

UK deputy PM backs carbon capture

Delegates from the UK’s engineering and manufacturing industries gathered at the Advanced Manufacturing Park Technology Centre in Rotherham for the launch of a report on the technology by the Special Metals Forum (SMF) and National Metals Technology Centre (NAMTEC). At the event, deputy PM Clegg said: “CCS will play an enormously important part in the new, rebalanced economy. It is an industry of the future, taking the best of British talents in manufacturing, engineering and research, using our natural resources and spreading growth - green, sustainable growth - across all corners of the UK.
View the story

15 February

ECC Committee Evidence Sessions on EMR – Update

The Energy and Climate Change Select Committee heard from Alstom Power, Dong Energy, Statoil and GE Energy on Electricity Market Reforms on 15 February, and were told that greater urgency was required to develop CCS. A second session, on the same day heard from National Grid, Energy Networks Association, and CCSA CEO Jeff Chapman. View the transcript for both evidence sessions.

15 February

A blueprint to help governments implement carbon capture and storage project applications has been designed in Scotland

Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage Centre have produced a test toolkit for the Scottish Government to provide a low-cost, low-risk approach to a regulatory test exercise. The toolkit is being promoted around the world and has already attracted interest from Canada, Australia and several EU nations.
View the story

12 February

A world leader in ‘Clean Coal’ – Britain’s hopes have been revived as nine companies bid for Powerfuel

In spite of the administration process which is still continuing Powerfuel Developments are confident that a new owner will take the business forward and have applied for European money for its site near Doncaster.
View the story

10 February

NER300 CCS Application

DECC have announced that it has received nine application in the NER competition and that they will issue more information shortly. The names of three of the applicants are - Scottish-Southern Energy, Ayrshire, Alstom. DECC website

10 February

NER300 CCS Application

DECC have announced that it has received nine application in the NER competition and that they will issue more information shortly. View the story. The names of three of the applicants are SSE, Ayrshire and Alstom.

8 February

Norwegian working group have signed a memorandum of understanding for utilization of up to 30,000 tonnes of CO2 for industrial use

A working group from the Institute for Energy Technology (IFE), Christian Michelsen Research (CMR), University of Bergen, Department of Chemistry, Bergen Technology Transfer AS and the regional business association Nordhordland Handverk og Industrilag (NHIL) are behind plans for an industrial utilization for up to 30,000 tonnes of CO2.
View the story.

8 February

Ten Expressions of interest have been received for one of Europe’s most advanced carbon-capture projects in Hatfield

Administrator for the coal mine operator Powerfuel plc has received 10 ‘expressions of interest’ for one of Europe’s most advanced carbon-capture projects in Hatfield. The company’s assets include a coal mine and a project to build a power station that captures carbon dioxide from gasified coal for underground storage. This means that one of Europe’s most ambitious green energy schemes could yet go ahead creating thousands of new jobs along the supply chain.
View the story.

6 February

SMF report explores £6.5bn CCS sector

The Special Metals Forum (SMF) in partnership with National Metals Technology Centre (NAMTEC), have launched the first ever report into Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS).
View the story.

4 February

Deputy Prime Minister’s speech setting out his vision for a ‘new economy’

Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg MP, said today that: ‘CCS will play an enormously important part in the new, rebalanced economy. It is an industry of the future; taking the best of British talents in manufacturing, engineering and research; using our natural resources; and spreading growth green, sustainable growth across all corners of the UK.’ The Deputy Prime Minister was speaking at the launch of the world’s first Carbon Capture and Storage report by the National metals Technology Centre (Namtec) and the Special Metals Forum.
View the story.

3 February

Innovative idea wins Cambridge business Shell Springboard prize

Arne de Kock, CCS Project Director at Shell said that he believes that CCS applied, for example, to gas and coal power stations will be critical in meeting growing demand for cleaner energy when presenting Cambridge Carbon Capture a financial award for their innovative idea to combat climate change.
View the story.

27 January

Proposed first Western Australia Carbon Store

Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum could have the State’s first on-shore carbon capture and storage facility up and running within four years. This would capture six million tonnes of carbon dioxide emitted from industry in the State each year, which would be stored underground at a near by site in Bunbury, Western Australia.
View the story.

27 January

Australian CCS Program Funding Reduced For Flood Recovery

The Australian government is to cut spending in several areas in order to invest $5.6 billion in rebuilding floodaffected regions. Spending will be reduced and deferred for their Carbon Capture and Storage Flagships and Solar Flagships
programs and the Global CCS Institute.
View the story.

26 January

Green Labor Journal Review of Clean Coal Jobs

Several studies showing the potential for clean coal to create jobs have been reviewed in the latest edition of the Green Labour Journal. It has found that clean coal technologies could create over 7 million new green jobs over the next 15 years in the US.
View the story and the review.

25 January

EC Commissioner for Energy backs CCS to combat climate change

Guenther Oettinger, the EU Commissioner for Energy, has said that CCS is one of the most important solutions for Europe to achieve its energy and climate change goals. He said “CCS can play an important role in reducing emissions for coal and gas plants as well as heavy industry, while we further develop renewable energy solution.”
View the story.

UNIDO Report on CCS

The UN Industrial Development Organization has released a report highlighting the need to combine energy efficiency, renewables and CCS in order to cut greenhouse gas emissions. UNIDO said “Once these potentials [renewables and energy efficiency] are exhausted carbon capture and storage must come into play… This technology is rapidly evolving not only for power plants but also for a wide range of industrial applications.”
View the story and the report.

20 January

CCS Can Help Reduce California Emissions

The CCS Review Panel formed last year by the California Energy Commission, California Public Utilities Commission and California Air Resources Board, have produced findings and recommendations in their January 2011 final report. The Panel recommends that California agencies recognise regulated CCS as a measure to safely and effectively reduce CO2 emissions.
View the press release.

January

One North East CCS Cluster Study Released

Element Energy and Carbon Counts were commissioned by One North East RDA and The North East Process Industries Cluster (NEPIC) to assess the economic potential for a CCS network in the Tees Valley in North East England. The study involved extensive stakeholder consultation, research and quantitative analysis. The final report describes:

  • The current drivers and appetite for CCS among power and industrial emitters in the Tees Valley
  • The likely costs of large scale CCS deployment in the Tees Valley
  • The service charge for users of a shared CCS pipeline network under a wide range of scenarios
  • The opportunities and challenges for implementing CCS in the Tees Valley.
  • A review of structuring and financing options for a CCS network to allocate costs, risks and benefits appropriately.
  • Recommendations on a strategy for developing the potential for CCS, describing how stakeholders should work together to facilitate the optimal development of a CCS network in the Tees Valley.

The report will be of interest for policymakers, investors, suppliers, and other stakeholders interested in developing or participating in potential CCS networks. Details of other Element Energy and Carbon Counts CCS projects can be found at www.element-energy.co.uk and www.carbon-counts.com respectively.
View the report.

20 January

European SiteChar Project Launched for Storage Site Characterisation

IFP Energies nouvelles held a launch meeting for the European SiteChar project (FP7) which will develop a methodology for assessing potential storage sites for the preparation of storage license applications, including technical and economic data. The project will be valuable for industrial-scale roll-out of geological storage in Europe.
View the story.

19 January

New US DOE Newsletter Launched

A new quarterly free digital newsletter, Fossil Energy Today, has been launched by the US. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy. The newsletter focuses on innovative technologies for fossil energy.
View the story.

19 January

PTRC Releases Findings on Weyburn

The Petroleum Technology Research Centre has released a report on the assessment of the Petro-Find Geochem Ltd Report “Geochemical Soil Gas Survey: A Site Investigation of SW30-5-13-W2M Weyburn Field, Saskatchewan” which claimed that CO2 was leaking from the Weyburn oilfields in Saskatchewan. The PTRC has concluded that “Based on the extensive scientific research conducted by the IEA-GHG Weyburn-Midale CO2 Monitoring & Storage Project, no results have been found that would support the recently reported conclusion that CO2 injected as part of the CO2-EOR Project has migrated through the geological storage system to the surface.”
View the report.

18 January

Masdar Delays Hydrogen Power Project

The joint venture hydrogen power project (with CCS) between Masdar and BP in Abu Dhabi has been delayed whilst approval is sought from the government. The project was due to be tendered in 2010.
View the story.

18 January

CO2 Solution Extending Agreement with Codexis

CO2 Solution has announced the extension of its carbon capture Joint Development Agreement with Codexis, which was originally announced in December 2009.
View the story.

18 January

AEP Signs Agreements with Chinese Companies

American Electric Power has signed cooperation agreements with China Huaneng, the US DOE and National Energy Administration of China to perform an initial evaluation of a post-combustion capture technology developed by China Huaneng.
View the story.

17 January

B&W Canada Awarded $107m Contract

Babcock & Wilcox Canada has won a $107m contract from Saskpower for components of SaskPower’s Boundary Dam Unit 3. The boiler retrofit for Boundary Dam will extend the plant’s life and allow conversion for carbon capture through SaskPower’s Integrated CCS Demonstration Program.
View the story.

13 January

$500,000 Donation to University of Texas Program

Luminant has donated $500,000 to the University of Texas at Austin’s Luminant Carbon Management Program, which offers Ph.D. candidates opportunities to conduct research in carbon capture and storage.
View the story.

13 January

Tenaska to Exit Taylorville Energy Centre

A $3.5 billion IGCC plant with CCS that was scheduled to be built in central Illinois was refused authorisation for construction in a vote by the Illinois Senate. Tenaska had vowed to exit the Taylorville Energy Centre if the Senate refused to authorise the project.
View the story.

12 January

Chris Huhne Visits Longannet Power Station

The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Chris Huhne MP, has visited the Longannet Power Station in Fife to see ScottishPower’s prototype carbon capture facility. The consortium led by ScottishPower are working on plans for a commercial scale CCS project based at Longannet and is the last remaining entrant in the UK Government CCS competition. Chris Huhne said “I am very pleased to have the opportunity to come and see the carbon capture and storage testing facility at Longannet for myself. CCS has a key part to play in ensuring that we can keep the lights on at the same time as fighting climate change.”
View the story.

12 January

Leeds Uni UCG Research

Engineers at Leeds University are to conduct a test scheme for underground coal gasification at a test site in Bulgaria as part of a £2.5m international project funded by the European Commission.
View the story.

11 January

House of Lords Consider National Policy Statements for Energy

The Grand Committee has reported to the House of Lords on the Revised Draft Overarching National Policy Statements for Energy. These documents will provide a decision-making framework for major energy infrastructure proposals. The debate looked into considered the infrastructure requirements into the future for a mix of renewables, nuclear and CCS.
View the debate.

11 January

Statoil Unveils New CO2 Extraction System

Statoil has unveiled 3C technology, which is capable of bringing down the cost of capturing CO2 by up to 30%. The equipment can be applied to polluters such as coal power plants, cement factories or refineries.
View the story
.

6 January

DNV Evaluation of Rotterdam CO2 Hub

DNV are carrying out risk management studies for a CO2 logistics hub being developed through the Rotterdam Climate Initiative, which will involve port and offshore infrastructure development along with a range of transportation solutions. DNV is supporting the Port of Rotterdam Authority to evaluate the feasibility of a distribution network to involve inland sea-going ships, barges and pipelines, as well as exploring potential risks and opportunities for different lay-out options and location of a CO2 terminal in the port.
View the story.

5 January

NETL Best Prices Manual on CO2 Storage

The latest U.S. Department of Energy CCS “best practices” manual has been released, with a focus on site selection for CO2 storage. “Site Screening, Site Selection and Initial Characterization for Storage of CO2 in Deep Geologic Formations” focuses on the exploration phase of the site characterization process and provides a framework for reporting resources calculated using methods by the DOE, CSLF and others.
View the story.

5 January

KGS Awarded $1.5m to Study CO2 Storage

A federal grant of $1.5 million has been awarded to Kansas Geological Survey to test a technique that could enhance CO2 storage in south-central and south-western Kansas. Murfin Drilling and Vess Oil will also be involved. Researchers will use volumetric curvature to analyse data from seismic reflection, which could provide a cost-effective way to study storage capacity and could help to better understand the underground movement of CO2.
View the story.

ABOUT US

rhs-industrial-tower.jpg

About us

PRESS CENTRE

rhs-microphones.jpg

CCSA press releases

Subscribe