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Peterhead CCS Project
Shell and SSE are looking to develop the world’s first full-scale gas carbon capture and storage (CCS) project – the Peterhead CCS Project. Up to 10 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions could be captured from the Peterhead Power Station and transported by pipeline offshore for long-term storage deep under the North Sea.
In March 2013, the Peterhead CCS Project was chosen as one of two CCS demonstration projects to progress to the next stage of the Government’s CCS Commercialisation Competition funding.
The project is now in the next phase of design, a phase known as Front-End Engineering Design, or FEED. An agreement was signed between Shell and the UK Government on February 24, 2014, allowing the project to move into this phase, which is expected to last through 2014 and 2015.
About the Peterhead CCS Project
Shell U.K. Limited and SSE are looking to develop the world’s first commercial-scale full-chain gas carbon capture and storage (CCS) demonstration project – the Peterhead CCS Project. Up to 10 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions could be captured from the Peterhead Power Station in Aberdeenshire, Scotland and then transported by pipeline and stored, approximately 100km offshore in the depleted Goldeneye gas reservoir, at a depth of more than 2km under the floor of the North Sea.
The proposed Peterhead CCS Project will be a significant step forward in developing CCS technology and helping to decarbonise the UK’s power sector. Adding CCS to a gas power plant can reduce CO2 emissions by more than 90%. In addition, CCS is the only way to collect the CO2 from heavy industry, such as cement and other industrial facilities.
In November 2012, the joint Government and Industry CCS Cost Reduction Task Force reported that gas and coal power stations equipped with CCS have clear potential to be cost competitive with other forms of low-carbon power generation.
In this way, gas can play a long-term role in the low carbon electricity mix and address the intermittency challenges with renewable forms of energy. The Task Force report also expects that, through CCS clustering, new jobs will be created in the CCS industry by 2030, as well as protecting existing jobs.
Subject to securing the necessary approvals, and with the appropriate commercial arrangements in place, the project is expected to capture in the region of 10 million tonnes of CO2 during the 10-year life of the project.
Shell is already participating in a number of CCS projects worldwide including the largest CO2 capture demonstration facility in the world, the European CO2 Technology Centre Mongstad, Norway. In September 2012, Shell also announced plans to progress the Quest CCS Project in Canada and is a partner in Australia’s Gorgon natural gas liquefaction project.
In January 2013, Cansolv Technologies Inc. (a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell), working in partnership with RWE npower, successfully captured the first tonne of CO2 at the Aberthaw Power Station in South Wales, the world’s first integrated sulphur dioxide (SO2)/CO2 capture plant. Cansolv Technologies Inc. is also providing the CO2 capture technology for SaskPower’s Boundary Dam project.
It is very important to us that the proposed Peterhead CCS Project is developed with input from the local communities around Peterhead. To facilitate this, we will be undertaking extensive public consultation throughout the development of the project.
This consultation and engagement process, which has been under way since early 2014, includes:
- Public exhibitions
- Individual engagements with stakeholders
- Meetings with local community councils and groups
These consultation and engagement activities provide local residents and other interested individuals and groups with opportunities to provide feedback on what we are proposing.
Based on current information, we anticipate that we will be lodging formal applications for planning and other relevant consents in early 2015. We therefore commenced our consultation in early 2014 and committed to having three phases of consultation, in addition to our ongoing informal engagement, before we submit our applications.
Our first phase of public consultation included a series of exhibitions in the communities closest to the proposed project – Boddam, Peterhead and Cruden Bay – as well as in Fraserburgh and Aberdeen. Over 500 people attended these exhibitions, at which the public were invited to read about the project plans as they currently stand, ask questions of members of our project team and provide us with feedback.
In this first phase of public consultation, we invited views on various aspects of the project, including:
- Establishing the post-combustion capture plant, compression and dehydration facilities at Peterhead Power Station
- Installing a short new pipeline from the power station site to connect into an existing offshore pipeline located some 20-25km offshore from the power station
- Carrying out activities during the construction and operational phases of the project including: site preparation works, temporary constructional activities, as well as modifications and construction of new facilities
- Assessing the anticipated impacts and benefits associated with the development at, and around, the project area.
Our second phase of public consultation took place throughout the summer and consisted of the following events and briefings: public exhibitions in Boddam and Peterhead, a series of CCS-focused site tours of the Peterhead Power Station, project update presentations to local community councils and other community organisations and project presence at two key community events in July and September.
The purpose of this phase was to provide an update on how our design work is progressing, to respond to feedback received during Phase 1 and to listen to further feedback. The progress update focused on four key areas which had been highlighted by the community during the first phase as being of greatest interest to them: onshore construction, offshore construction, environmental elements of the project and community benefits.
The feedback gathered during both of these phases is being used to inform our ongoing design and planning work.
Our third phase of consultation will take place prior to the submission of our planning applications, most likely in December or January, and will provide more detail on the content of our EIAs as they move towards finalisation, as well as seeking any further feedback.
If you would like to submit feedback on our proposals at any stage between now and the submission of our EIAs, you may do so by completing our feedback form below:
Details of future consultation and general engagement events will be advertised as they arise.
Our Community Liaison Officer, Liz Scott, is also available two days per week (Thursday and Friday) to meet with people, listen and respond to queries and accept feedback. She is based in The Hotspot, 1-3 Kirk Street, Peterhead or may be contacted on 07891315194.
We will also continue to engage with local communities throughout the construction and operations phases of the project.
Onshore Impact Assessment Scoping Report
The Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) required to be submitted to relevant regulatory authorities for the Peterhead CCS Project will be lengthy and detailed documents. For the benefit of the regulators, the local community and the general public, Impact Assessment Scoping Reports are being prepared in advance, setting out the scope of work that will be covered by these EIAs.
The Onshore Impact Assessment Scoping Report, which covers all of the onshore elements of the project, is now available for viewing and downloading by clicking on the PDF below. Although this report sets out only the onshore impacts to be considered, for completeness it also describes the offshore elements of the project.
Offshore Impact Assessment Scoping Report
As we will also be submitting an Offshore Environmental Impact Assessment for the project, we have prepared a scoping document setting out what this assessment will cover. As with the Onshore Impact Assessment Scoping Report, this is for the benefit of the regulators, the communities closest to the project and the general public.
The Offshore Impact Assessment Scoping Report is now available for viewing and downloading by clicking on the PDF below.
Our very first newsletter provides an update on how the project is progressing and on recent activities that have been completed and are planned. Further instalments will follow as the project progresses.