Ayrshire Power CCS project withdrawn

2012-06-26 10:42 by Anja Reitz

It is withdrawing its planning application and withdrawing from the current CCS demonstration project funding competitions.

APL said it had taken the decision, "due to the level of uncertainty surrounding the ability to secure the necessary financial investment to build the power station in the foreseeable economic climate."

The decision means that the Public Local Inquiry for the development will not now proceed this autumn. North Ayrshire Council had already rejected the project plans before in November 2011.

Commenting on the decision, Muir Miller, APL’s project director said:

"Whilst we believe we have a strong case to succeed in the planning inquiry, we cannot proceed with the significant risk that the current power station design and fuel mix could not be funded and built in the necessary timetable following the grant of consent."

"However, we remain convinced that this project could give Scotland a superb opportunity to lead the development of full-scale carbon capture and storage, which will be vital in reducing global emissions and accords with Scottish Government policy to cut carbon emission and back-up intermittent renewable energy supplies."

"The project would also bring a large number of new jobs and new economic opportunities to a hard-pressed area which has been impacted particularly badly by the recession. The opportunity to develop a CCS cluster on the west coast of the UK that could store over one billion tonnes of carbon dioxide by 2050 remains an exciting prospect."

"We still believe that new coal-fired power stations fitted with carbon capture and storage will play an important part in plugging the energy gap until alternative sources of low carbon energy can replace fossil fuels. Hunterston remains an ideal location for such a power station. However, the timing of the economic slowdown and funding uncertainty have not worked in our favour. We will now take some time to consider our options and determine under what circumstances we will revisit our proposals."

Source: Projects / Policy, June  26  2012 (Carbon Capture Journal)


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