CCJ conference - getting CCS moving

2013-02-04 11:44 by Anja Reitz

Stuart Haszeldine opened the event by outlining the cluster concept in the UK. The Yorkshire and Humber cluster offered economies of scale, he said, and had been very well thought out by CO2 Sense. There are also storage clusters that, although not ready yet because more work needs to be done to fully understand them, could also offer economies.

It is how you go from individual projects to developing a network that is currently unclear. “That plan is not very emergent yet,” he said, “because it is pretty clear that we have six or so bidders into the UK competition, there may be one or two or even three lucky winners, but what we do with the others to incentivise them to keep on being interested is not clear.”

Moving on to transport, the role of shipping is not often discussed, he said. We have a lot of port infrastructure in the UK and it is strange that we are not talking about shipping more. A CO2 ship would be a good way to transport CO2 to test a storage site before you build an expensive pipeline. It could also bring in CO2 from Europe and would be very flexible.

Talking about getting CCS going, most of the projects around the world that have got off the ground involved a value added proposition, he said. An example of this is Enhanced Oil Recovery, which CCS could enable, and the extra oil out of the ground could make a project cost effective.


Source: Feature Articles, Feb  03  2013 (Carbon Capture Journal)

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