Carbon capture capers

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 The developers of Europe’s leading capture capture [sic] and storage project have warned they are being forced to shut down operations after the UK Government refused to provide vital backing.

 Do we know what vital backing may be? I think we do.

In July, the 650MW scheme in South Yorkshire topped the list of European CCS programmes competing for an estimated €337 million share of the €1.3 billion funding pot available in the EU’s NER300 allowances.

 The UK had four projects on the list but each required co-funding commitments from the UKThe pioneering Don Valley CCS project failed to win Government support despite working towards creating Europe’s first industrial-scale carbon capture installation.

However, all is not lost – we still have four bidders.

But yesterday, DECC refused to support 2Co Energy, operators of the Don Valley CCS project, and selected four other bidders to be shortlisted for the next phase of its £1bn CCS comppetition. [sic].

Here is one of those four bids (my emphasis in bold).

Captain Clean Energy Project: A proposal for a new 570MW, fully abated coal Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (pre-combustion) project in Grangemouth, Scotland with storage in offshore depleted gas fields. Led by Summit Power, involving Petrofac (CO2 Deepstore), National Grid and Siemens

 Carbon capture and storage (CCS) has always offered oil companies the tempting possibility of earning money from their depleted gas fields by using them for CO2 storage in these crazy CCS schemes. No wonder Big Oil is not necessarily opposed to climate games, nor particularly interested in pointing out how insane they are.

7 comments for “Carbon capture capers

  1. ivan
    November 6, 2012 at 10:15 am

    One can only assume that all the interest in CCS is the government money that will be available because it is certain that poor, much maligned CO2 has nothing to do with any ‘global warming’.

    But then the greens had to find something supposedly scary to run their scam, after all water vapor – a much better greenhouse gas – doesn’t have the same impact. I can visualize the reaction they would have got with headlines like ‘stop the rain, it is killing the world’ or ‘rain causes global warming’.

    • November 6, 2012 at 6:05 pm

      I agree – it’s about artificially pushing up the cost of fossil fuels.

  2. Greg Tingey
    November 6, 2012 at 10:24 am

    THIS is the sort of thing where a “GW conspiracy” IS true … except that the word “conspiracy” is not, strictly speaking, the correct or true one to use.
    “Cartel” might be a better word, or “trust” in the US sense of the word ….
    Yes, ripping us off for their groups’ corporate profits.

    Whilst actually doing nothing useful (that you’d notice) about the real GW problem.

    Excuse me, but … AAAARRRRGGGGH!

    • November 6, 2012 at 6:05 pm

      Yes, I think we agree on this one.

    • November 6, 2012 at 8:36 pm

      Oh I’m just going to have to quote this next time. 😉

  3. microdave
    November 6, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Is that 570MW figure gross, or net after the energy used in the carbon capture process is siphoned (sic) off?

    • November 6, 2012 at 6:02 pm

      I don’t know, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s gross.

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