Scottish Cluster supports project to store CO2 emissions at Peterhead

Oct 12 2021

Project Cavendish aims to establish a 700MW low carbon hydrogen production facility based in the Thames Estuary and is looking to use the Acorn CO2 transport and storage system by early 2027.

The Acorn Project which provides the backbone CO2 transport and storage infrastructure for the Scottish Cluster, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Project Cavendish (a collaboration between Arup, VPI, National Grid Ventures, Shell, SSE Thermal and Uniper).

To enable this cross-UK partnership, Peterhead Port, Europe’s largest fishing port has also joined the Scottish Cluster, signing an MoU with the Acorn Project to support the feasibility and early design work, for a dedicated CO2 handling terminal at the port by 2026.

The agreement with Project Cavendish could see 700MW of energy generation in South East England decarbonised through the Acorn CO2 transport and storage system that is core to the Scottish Cluster.

The MoU signed with Peterhead Port Authority will help facilitate this critical cross-border collaboration, opening up the Acorn CO2 transport and storage system to support industrial emitters across the UK without ready access to large, flexible and well-understood local storage facilities. Work is underway at the deep-water Peterhead Port to explore the development of a dedicated CO2 reception terminal to enable CO2 shipments to be quickly, safely, and efficiently transferred to the Acorn Transport & Storage network for permanent geological storage deep under the North Sea seabed.

Project Cavendish is a large scale, low carbon hydrogen production project, aiming to be operational by 2027. Based on Kent’s Isle of Grain, in the Thames Estuary, the hydrogen production facility would be in close proximity to gas and electricity networks, power stations and a liquid natural gas (“LNG”) facility. The CO2 created while generating hydrogen from natural gas could be collected and sent by ship to Peterhead Port to access the Scottish Cluster’s Acorn CO2 transport and storage solution.

Nick Cooper, CEO Storegga said, “The signing of the MoU’s with Project Cavendish and the Peterhead Port Authority demonstrates how the Scottish Cluster can decarbonise not only Scottish emitters but those throughout the UK and Europe."

"The Acorn Project is strategically located in Aberdeenshire to make best use of legacy oil and gas infrastructure and Scotland's excellent offshore geology for CO2 storage. This, combined with access to the deep-water port of Peterhead which offers significant CO2 import capabilities, means that the Scottish Cluster is able to support the urgent decarbonisation of industrial clusters across the UK, with the Cluster conservatively expected to be managing more than 60% of the UK Government’s overall CO2 capture and storage by 2030."

The Scottish Cluster
Project Cavendish

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