Shell and SSE’s carbon capture and storage (CCS) project has been successful in winning the UK’s first license for storage beneath the seabed.

The project will see the permanent geological storage of CO2 under the UK’s continental shelf.

Energy Business Review reports that the agreement for lease (AfL) for the proposed Peterhead CCS Project has been signed with the Crown Estate which agreed to lease an area at the offshore depleted Goldeneye gas field.

The storage project aims to develop a post-combustion CCS facility which will be capable of capturing CO2 from the 385 MW gas-fired Peterhead power plant.

The CO2 would then be pumped to the Goldeneye gas field in the North Sea, 65 miles from St Fergus.

The Crown Estate, which owns the storage rights on the UK continental shelf, said it has received several requests for options over site, of which seven were the subject of public notices.

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