14 June 2022, London – Today the North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA), launched the first ever UK carbon storage licensing round, to support deployment of Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS).
In total, 13 potential sites are available offshore across the Southern North Sea, Central North Sea, Northern North Sea, and East Irish Sea.
Ruth Herbert, Chief Executive of the CCSA said:
“Today’s announcement represents a key step forward to support the rapid growth that will be needed in CCUS, to ensure the UK remains on the path to net zero.
The CCUS industry welcomes this news, which supports one of the recommendations in the CCSA’s CCUS Delivery Plan 2035; the need to ensure additional CO2 storage capacity is developed, given that it can take 5-10 years to develop suitable sites.
The release of this license round has been accelerated by the NSTA in response to industry interest. We now need to see the government’s timetable for selection of the next wave of clusters and clarity on the process for emitters to apply to connect to CO2 transport and storage infrastructure”.
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