ETI will invest £650,000 in the nine month project
The project will develop an outline scheme and ‘template’ gas power plant design, identify potential sites and build a credible cost base for such a scheme
AECOM and the University of Sheffield will also work on the project
The ETI has appointed engineering and construction group SNC-Lavalin to a new project to develop a generic business case for developing a gas-fired power plant fitted with Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS).
They will work with global infrastructure services firm AECOM and the University of Sheffield’s Energy 2050 Institute on the nine month project, which will see the ETI invest £650,000.
The ETI’s whole energy system modelling work has shown that CCS is one of the most cost effective technologies to help the UK meet its 2050 CO2 reduction targets. Without it the energy system cost in 2050 could be £30bn per annum higher.
Back in June 2015 the ETI launched a request for proposals for a Thermal Power with CCS (TPwCCS) project, which aimed to accelerate the development of a low cost, low risk ‘Phase 2’ CCS project which could follow on from the then Government-backed ‘Phase 1’ CCS commercialisation competition projects. Following the Government’s decision not to proceed with the competition the ETI has been reshaping the TPwCCS project to reflect the new circumstances. This new project will support the creation of a business case for a large scale gas with CCS power plant.
The business case will develop an outline scheme and a ‘template’ power plant design (Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) with post combustion capture), identify potential sites in key UK industrial hubs and build a credible cost base for such a scheme, benchmarked as far as possible against actual project data and as-built plant.
Thus the project is wholly aligned with and will provide a critical evidence base for the vision set out in the recent Parliamentary Advisory Group on CCS report – “Lowest cost decarbonisation for the UK : the critical role of CCS”