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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 achieve this we have committed to ongoing engagement throughout the development of the project and, specifically, to holding three phases of public consultation prior to the submission of our planning applications. The third of these phases is now under way.
Due to our offshore and onshore environmental impact assessments (EIAs) being submitted at different times, Phase 3 is broken into two parts, consisting of three public exhibitions, as follows:
- December 15: Offshore EIA Public Exhibition, Palace Hotel, Peterhead, 2-8pm
- February 9, 2015: Onshore EIA Public Exhibition, Boddam Public Hall, 2-8pm
- February 10, 2015: Onshore EIA Public Exhibition, Palace Hotel, Peterhead, 2-8pm
During these events, we will provide details of what will be contained in our EIAs (the Offshore EIA at the December 15 event and the Onshore EIA at the February events) and will have members of our project team on hand to provide detailed explanations and to answer questions. There will also be an opportunity for feedback to be provided by the public.
Briefings with local community councils and other local organisations will also form part of this phase.
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 has been used to inform our ongoing design and planning work.
If you would like to submit feedback on our Offshore EIA proposals, please review the overview document below and then fill in the online feedback form provided.
A feedback form related to our Onshore EIA application will be available in January ahead of the onshore-focused public exhibitions.
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 078 91315194.
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.
Offshore Environmental Impact Assessment (Environmental Statement)
A detailed study of all of the potential environmental impacts associated with the offshore scope of work for the Peterhead CCS Project was conducted during 2014. This study covered a wide range of topics associated with activities on the project from the Mean Low Water Mark (close to the Peterhead Power Station in Sandford Bay) to the offshore Goldeneye reservoir, including all work on the wells, the existing Goldeneye Platform, as well as on the proposed new section of pipeline.
The outputs from this study have been published in an Environmental Statement which has been submitted to the appropriate authorities for review. In addition, the Environmental Statement is now available for the public to view as part of the 28-day public consultation period. The document can be downloaded below and is also available for review, until February 6, 2015, at the following locations:
- Shell UK Office, 1 Altens Farm Road, Nigg, Aberdeen, AB12 3FY, United Kingdom
- Boddam Library, 26 Queens Road, Boddam, Peterhead, AB42 3AX
- The Hot Spot, 1-3 Kirk Street, Peterhead, AB42 1LA
- Arbuthnot House, Broad Street, Peterhead, AB42 1DA
- Maud Area Office, Nethermuir Road, Maud, AB42 4ND
Members of the public have until February 6, 2015 to make comments on the application. Comments on the statement may be sent by email, letter or fax and should be marked for the attention of:
Environmental Management Team
Energy Development Unit
Department for Energy and Climate Change
4th Floor, Atholl House
86-88 Guild Street
Fax: 01224 254019
All correspondence should refer to D/4174/2014.
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.