The UK believes it is well placed to lead in carbon capture and storage (CCS) commercialisation following recent governmental funding commitments for CCS to capitalise on its research and development base and geological capacity for storing carbon dioxide (CO2).

In December 2013 the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced the award of a front end engineering design (FEED) to the White Rose CCS project, at Drax power station in North Yorkshire. The FEED study will span two years, include a planned development of a CO2 transportation and storage solution (the Yorkshire-Humber CCS Trunkline) and aim to solve issues needed before making a final investment decision on the construction of the £2 billion coal power plant with full CCS. The UK government also announced plans to complete feasibility works and identify options to take forward an industrial CCS network through the over £10 million Tees Valley City deal.

Professor Jon Gibbins, director of the UKCCS research centre (UKCCSRC), says, “CCS is imperative for the UK to reach its emission targets and these projects will capitalise on the growing research knowledge-base in the UK.”

The UKCCSRC coordinates a programme of underpinning research on all aspects of CCS in support of basic science and UK government efforts on energy and climate change. The centre members will be supporting the delivery of many R&D aspects of the FEED studies, and the centre will look to fund additional research on areas of import to CCS in 2014.