Shell and SSE welcome the opportunity to work with the Government to progress plans for the world’s first full-chain gas CCS facility to the next stage and the opportunity to become a global leader in gas CCS.  We look forward to commencing the next phase of the project as soon as all the arrangements are completed.

The project is expected to capture ten million tonnes of CO2 over ten years from SSE’s Peterhead gas-fired power station in Aberdeenshire. Shell will store the CO2 in the depleted Goldeneye gas reservoir, 102km off the coast of Scotland, under the North Sea.

Ed Daniels, Chairman, Shell UK, said: “The Government’s decision sends a strong signal of support for the role of gas in meeting the rise in global energy demand.  At Peterhead, we expect to demonstrate capturing around 90% of the emissions from natural gas, making the cleanest burning fossil fuel even cleaner. What we learn from the project will help the industry to be able to scale-up the technology to make a material impact on tackling climate change, and to create a world-leading industry here in the UK, with excellent potential for job creation and long-term growth.”

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Royal Dutch Shell plc is incorporated in England and Wales, has its headquarters in The Hague and is listed on the London, Amsterdam and New York stock exchanges. Shell companies have operations in more than 80 countries and territories with businesses including oil and gas exploration and production; production and marketing of liquefied natural gas and gas to liquids; manufacturing, marketing and shipping of oil products and chemicals and renewable energy projects.

Shell participates in a number of CCS projects worldwide.  This includes participation as a partner in Australia’s Gorgon natural gas liquefaction project, operated by Chevron, that includes the world’s largest CCS project. It also includes Technology Centre Mongstad, Norway, the largest CO2 capture demonstration facility in the world. In September 2012, Shell announced plans to progress Quest in Alberta, Canada – the world’ first CCS project at an oil sands operation.  

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.

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SSE plc is one of the UK’s leading energy companies. Its core purpose is to provide the energy people need in a reliable and sustainable way. It is involved in the generation, transmission, distribution and supply of electricity; energy trading; the development of major renewable energy projects, including onshore and offshore wind, hydro and marine; the extraction, storage, distribution and supply of gas; electrical and utility contracting; data centres and telecoms.

SSE is leading the UK’s largest operating carbon capture pilot at its Ferrybridge Power Station in Yorkshire.

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