16 - Wednesday 16th May
This archive of news stories on energy related topics came from RSS feeds from the most relevant government institution. These press releases date from 18th May 2012 and no guarantee can be provided on the accuracy of these stories from the Green Deal Group. Click on the relevant links for more information and the corresponding article.
- Strong interest for CCS competition
Press Ref: 2012/060
16 May 2012
The Government has today published a list of companies that have signalled their intention to apply to the new UK CCS competition.
Publication of the list is aimed at encouraging further discussion within the CCS industry to support collaboration between companies and any interested suppliers.
This forms part of the new concerted approach the competition is taking to help stimulate the early development of the supply chain for CCS.
A Department of Energy and Climate Change spokesman said:
“This high level of interest proves that the UK is back on track with CCS. From the outset, we are working through collaboration with industry to ensure we make CCS a reality and importantly create the maximum return for what is one of the best offers anywhere in the world.”
The list covers companies that have indicated that they will lead a bid and not all companies that may be involved in that bid. It is not a list of applicants – the closing date for bids remains 3 July and we don’t expect all parties who have expressed an interest to apply. Over the coming weeks DECC will continue to hold meetings with potential bidders to ensure that Government and Industry continue to work together and bidders can submit their best bids possible.
DECC will also be making bidder documentation available in the coming weeks.
Consortium lead bidder / registered bidder Air Liquide Progressive Energy Alstom
Portland Gas Storage Centrica (Hydocarbon Resources Ltd.) SEQ
Costain Energy & Process
Shell CO2 Deepstore SSE Doosan Power Projects SSI National Grid Summit Power Peel Energy 2Co
Notes for Editors
- The CCS Commercialisation Programme will, subject to State Aid clearance, support commercial scale CCS with the £1bn in capital funding that we have made available. Further details and a description of the CCS Commercialisation Programme can be found on the Commercialisation Programme section of the DECC website.
- In order to qualify for the competition, projects must:
- Be CCS Full Chain, or part chain capable of demonstrating the prospect of being part of a Full Chain Project in the future;
- Have the Power Plant and capture facility located in GB and the storage site located offshore;
- Be operational by 2016-2020, though earlier is desirable;
- Abate CO2 at commercial scale (or be a substantive step toward that objective) whilst meeting all relevant environmental requirements; and
- Be an electricity generator, or an Industrial [CO2] Emitter where it is part of a Cluster Project.
- Further details of the wider package of measures can be found in the CCS Roadmap at on the CCS section of the DECC website.
Wed 16th May 2012 12:07pm
- Elgin gas released stopped
16 May 2012
TOTAL has announced the gas release from the Elgin platform in the North Sea has been stopped.
A dynamic kill operation has successfully used heavy mud to stem the flow of gas from the G4 well.
This is the first stage in the process to permanently seal the well. Monitoring will now take place over the next few days to assess the complete success of the operation. After that, work can begin to permanently plug and abandon the well.
Energy Minister Charles Hendry said:
“The fact TOTAL has managed to stop gas leaking from the Elgin platform is clearly excellent news. We will continue to monitor the success of the operation closely to ensure that the well can now be safely and permanently secured.
“The Government has been working closely with TOTAL throughout this incident to resolve it as quickly and safely as possible with minimum impact on the environment.”
The Secretary of State for Scotland, Michael Moore added:
“This is welcome news from the Elgin platform and good progress. It is important that the work continues to manage and monitor the well over the coming days to ensure the operation to stop the gas leak has been a complete success.
“The UK Government has been in touch with the company throughout this incident and DECC has closely monitored progress throughout. I am certain that key lessons will be learned from this leak which can be applied across the sector.”
Wed 16th May 2012 11:56am