Tories reject Scotland’s ‘shovel ready’ first carbon capture and storage facility. Douglas Ross not asked by BBC

I’ve had to sort out the original headline. Here’s the story:

Scotland has missed out on UK government backing to develop the first carbon capture and storage facility.

It had been hoped the Acorn Project at St Fergus in Aberdeenshire could be ready by the middle of the decade.

The project has been designed to take and store carbon dioxide in the Goldeneye field in the North Sea. It is now likely to be developed as part of the second phase in the 2030s.

The first development will instead be on the Humber and around Liverpool.

The Scottish project was said to be “shovel ready”, using redundant pipelines once used to extract gas from the field.

The news comes ahead of the the COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow, being held from 31 October to 12 November.

And of course:

Moray MP Douglas Ross has welcomed the announcement of a £16bn North Sea Transition Deal as a “landmark” moment for the energy sector.   

The UK Government has committed to supporting the oil and gas industry to continue the shift to the development of cleaner forms of energy.   

The deal between government and industry will harness the existing skills base and infrastructure to exploit new and emerging technologies such as hydrogen production, carbon capture usage and storage and offshore wind.

13 thoughts on “Tories reject Scotland’s ‘shovel ready’ first carbon capture and storage facility. Douglas Ross not asked by BBC

    1. The Tories and LibDems, cancelled Longannet in 2011 or thereabouts. Longannet was the first CCS project in Scotland. The pilot scheme had been completed and it was ready to be scaled up. Mr Huhne, LibDem, was the Energy Minister who cancelled it. One of his reasons was that the CO2 could not be piped out to the Goldeneye oil field. I wonder how he thought the oil came ashore? His other comment was to the effect that we could buy in the technology if necessary!!!

      When the Tory/LibDem coalition cancelled Longannet they talked about carrying out a CCS scheme at Peterhead instead. I guess that is the one that has just been cancelled.

      Labour also had a role in the eventual cancellation of Longannet’s conversion to CCS.

      The SNP won the election in 2007. The pilot scheme at Longannet was near completion but Gordon Brown, then the PM, would not release the money because he did not want the SNP to get the credit for completing the project. Never mind the people of Scotland, or the planet.

      The upshot of the purely political machinations of the Tories, LibDems and Labour – Longannet no more and now Peterhead no more.

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  1. Yet another bung of State funding for a project in England: £100 mil for Nissan, ditto electric batteries, £160 million in N East wind farm components—and on and on .
    Has Hi Jack announced even one funding investment in Scotland?

    He is the worst SoS we have ever had.

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  2. The Westminster unionists refused the £Billion for Longannet. Scotland is covered in coal. They refused the funding for Peterhead. There is already a Gas plant there and Shell had spent £Millions in preparation. The EU countries are investing in CCS. Scotland has the technology and the facilities. It just needs some funding. The technology and expertise could be sold worldwide. Scotland loses out again. If Scotland was Independent funding could be made. There could be EU grants and loans to establish CCS. There is for renewables. It benefits Europe.

    There is a massive offshore wind farm project off the coast at Peterhead. Major offices premises have been established. The fishing industry is struggling. There are problems with the EU market and migrant workers. Brexit has ruined the industry.


  3. Nissan got £2Billion for electric car production. They were nearly going to clear off because of Brexit. There has been a major fall in the sale of new cars. Second hand car prices have increased. Electric car sales have increased. Diesel sales are down.


  4. What follows is extracted from the statement today by Professor Stuart Hazeldene, Director of the ‘Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage’ (SCCS) R&D partnership. It addresses the UK government’s announcement of funding for two CCS initiatives in England but not for CCS in Scotland.

    It is a pretty devastating analysis of the consequences for Scotland and its industries in transitioning to net zero!


    ‘We are very disappointed that the Scottish Cluster, which represents one of the MOST PROMISING ROUTES to decarbonising industries in the UK – and also Europe – will default to Track 2 of the cluster sequencing process with NO DEFINED TIMESCALE in place. With the Acorn project at its heart, the Scottish Cluster WOULD SERVE A VARIED SET OF INDUSTRIES. Indeed, Scotland’s NECCUS alliance represents around 40 different industrial actors, MORE THAN ANY OF THE OTHER CLUSTER COALITION. With today’s decision, there is NO CLEAR PATH FOR FUTURE PROOFING SCOTLAND’S INDUSTRY, which may now be AT RISK. (my emphasis)

    ‘There is NO INCENTIVE for new industry to invest in Scotland and an EXPIRY DATE IS PLACED ON EXISTING INDUSTRIES. This is a pivotal time in the offshore hydrocarbon industry and the lack of a CCUS project in Scotland makes it HARDER TO TRANSITION workforces and communities, with thousands of jobs at stake.

    ‘Previous UK competitions on CCS have proved how difficult it is to keep project teams operational if initial awards are made elsewhere. They have ALREADY WAITING 15 YEARS but will not wait forever. From this point on, with no route to CO2 storage, Scotland’s goal of net zero by 2045 BECOMES MORE EXPENSIVE TO DELIVER. If levelling up extends to Scotland, we now ask for a tangible commitment from the UK Government to supporting the Track 2 projects.’

    Background information on SCCS from its website:

    ‘SCCS is the largest CCS research group in the UK, providing a single point of coordination for CCS research, from capture engineering and geoscience to social perceptions and environmental impact through to law and petroleum economics.

    ‘Our internationally renowned researchers provide connected strength across the full CCS chain. With our unique position SCCS is able to act as the conduit between academia, industry and government.

    ‘Founded in 2005, SCCS is a partnership of the British Geological Survey, Heriot-Watt University, the University of Aberdeen, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Glasgow and the University of Strathclyde working together with universities across Scotland. Our current funding has been provided by the Scottish Government, SFC (Scottish Funding Council) and Scottish Enterprise.’


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