Regional CCS Cluster: Scotland

 

Delivering Cost Effective CCS in the 2020s: Scotland and Teesside clusters meeting: New value from the North Sea; new life for heavy industries

Meeting Date: 15 September 2016

Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from industry account for nearly a fifth of the UK’s total greenhouse gas emissions; carbon capture and storage (CCS) is currently the only option for achieving deep reductions from some industries, such as petrochemicals, cement, and refining. Major industrial clusters at Teesside and Grangemouth each produce large volumes of CO2. With CO2 capture technology in place, each cluster could handle several million tonnes of CO2 a year, avoiding emissions and helping industry achieve decarbonisation targets. Availability of CCS infrastructure enables large-scale, low-carbon hydrogen supply allowing decarbonisation of ‘hard to treat’ transport and heat sectors. A coordinated approach and shared infrastructure for CO2 transport to storage in well-characterised sites in the North Sea can help to deliver CCS cost-effectively.

Several large-scale CCS demonstration projects have been evaluated in Scotland. Numerous studies into the economic benefits of CCS clusters have pointed to cost efficiency through shared infrastructure and the conversion of existing equipment. The Teesside Collective project has developed a blueprint for industrial CCS, including technical feasibility studies, a business case and funding models. Industrial clusters in Scotland and north east England can benefit from access to a significant CO2 storage asset beneath the Central North Sea (CNS). There is also the potential for developing CO2 utilisation markets or CO2-enhanced oil recovery. A CCS infrastructure developed for these clusters will create a North Sea hub, which can serve regional, national and European CO2 storage needs and enable a new offshore industry in the longer term. Against this background, our meeting of key stakeholders and invited participants will briefly review previous activity and then focus on the next steps needed to progress opportunities in the short- to mid-term.

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