UKCCSC News 3 July 2007

Hi Folks,

For your enlightenment, a succession of sustainable snippets from storage stories:

1) “Amendment of OSPAR to permit all forms of Carbon Capture and Storage. An amendment to allow all forms of carbon capture and storage (CCS) in sub-seabed geological formations has been approved by the OSPAR Convention, the convention to protect the marine environment of the North East Atlantic”

The above quote is from the press release. This removes a major legal hurdle to the implementation of CCS in Europe and the North Sea in particular.

2) “We need about 10 full-scale carbon capture and storage demonstration projects by 2015,” Mandil said. “That’s challenging but possible.” “Carbon capture and storage potential is 6bn tonnes a year by 2050,” he told an audience of about 200 experts. “Pay attention to the scale. That means 6,000 Sleipner projects.”

Claude Mandil, executive director of the IEA, speaking at a conference in Oslo, Thursday 21 June.

2) I’m sure I’ve heard this one before … China building more power plants (still).

China may have already become the world’s biggest polluter – much earlier than expected according to John Ashton of the UK foreign office. “There is also a moral case. Most of the greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have been put there by developed countries without the constraint of having to worry about the climate. That means we should bear the leading edge of responsibility.”

For once, Greenpeace agree: “Responsibility for China’s soaring emissions lies not just in Beijing but also in Washington, Brussels and Tokyo,” said Greenpeace UK director John Sauven. He could have added “London” to that list, I think.

3) Masdar awards feasibility study for the world’s largest carbon capture & storage project

Masdar, the landmark initiative by the Abu Dhabi Government to promote advanced energy and sustainability has launched a feasibility study for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) for enhanced oil recovery in Abu Dhabi.

4) Even our beloved Government would have trouble putting a positive spin on this one:

“Statoil and Shell are pulling out of their large-scale carbon-dioxide injecton project for the Draugen and Heidrun offshore fields in Norway, saying it’ll cost too much to capture and transport the globe-heating gas.

…the two companies have determinted that while “technically feasible”, the plan would not be “commercially viable”.”

That’s all for now. Back to wishing the rain would stop…


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