UK Government joins industry to support Acorn CCS investment

Nov 28 2018

The UK and Scottish Governments, along with project developer Pale Blue Dot Energy and oil and gas major Total, will provide match funding of the European Commission’s Connecting Europe Facilities fund, to progress feasibility work on the UK’s Acorn CCS project.

Acorn is a low-cost, low-risk CCUS catalyst project, that makes best use of legacy oil and gas infrastructure and excellent CO2 storage, to bring down the cost of delivering very large-scale CO2 transport and storage solutions to the UK and potentially Europe.

Alan James, Managing Director of Pale Blue Dot Energy, the project leader of Acorn CCS said, This match funding of the European Commission’s CEF award allows us to fully explore all the exciting CO2 transport options open to Acorn – from repurposing on and offshore gas pipelines, to developing Peterhead Harbour for CO2 import and export.

“This is a critical and exciting step towards building the UK’s first large-scale CO2 transport and storage infrastructure and we are thrilled to have such strong government and industry support for the work we are doing.”

Already recognised by the European Commission as a European Project of Common Interest, this year Acorn CCS was the only CO2 transport project in Europe to be successfully awarded CEF funding to develop all the CO2 transport options for this important carbon capture and storage (CCS) initiative.

Claire Perry, UK Energy & Clean Growth Minister, said, “Cutting edge technology to capture carbon will cut emissions while creating new jobs and clean growth – a key part of our modern Industrial Strategy. 

“This innovative project from Pale Blue Dot represents a major milestone in efforts to commercialise this technology and comes as leaders meet at a world-first summit in Edinburgh to accelerate efforts to roll out CCUS globally.”

Paul Wheelhouse, Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands at the Scottish Government added, “This is a very important step forward for the Acorn Project and Scotland. Scotland’s key CCUS resource is our vast potential for the storage of carbon dioxide (CO2), and the Scottish Government is strongly committed to the development and implementation of CCUS technologies.

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