Small project with big ambitions supported by ACT funding

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

The European Advancing CCS Technologies (ACT) programme has awarded funding to examine the feasibility of the UK’s Acorn Project.

This full chain, small scale, carbon capture and storage (CCS) project in North East Scotland, aims to provide a low-cost entry point for CCS in the UK, by enabling a small-scale project, from which an extensive CCS network could be developed.

The project will capture industrial carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the St Fergus gas processing plant and transport it for permanent storage in a saline formation deep beneath the North Sea, using existing oil and gas infrastructure currently under threat of decommissioning. It is hoped that this could allow this area in the North East of Scotland to be a future hub for CCS, with multiple pipelines taking CO2 from Central Scotland and potentially imported CO2 shipping import via Peterhead Harbour to North Sea storage sites.

The project, being developed by CO2DeepStore, has been approved for funding under the programme to progress feasibility studies in 2017 and 2018. Pale Blue Dot Energy is leading the ACT study consortium which also includes Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage, Bellona (Norway), Liverpool University and Radboud University (Netherlands).

In addition to being an exciting development in the UK CCS scene, Acorn provides an opportunity to re-use existing infrastructure to reduce project costs and make the best of old facilities.

On its current timetable the project could be operational before 2022. The project is planning to capture about 200,000T/y of CO2.

For further information please read the recent press release.