Funding secured for $3bn CCS project in England

Funds have been awarded for a carbon capture and storage (CCS) venture in northern England.

Drax Group, Alstom (Euronext:à‚ ALO) and a unit of Linde have been selected for funding of the White Rose project, which hopes to capture emissions from a 426 MW coal-fired power plant at the Drax site in Selby.

The White Rose project will receive a “multimillion pound” contract for a two-year design and planning study, Energy Minister Michael Fallon said today in a statement. The à‚£2bn-pound ($3.3bn) proposal will trap emissions from the plant.

“The White Rose project, with National Grid’s CO2 transport and storage infrastructure, really offers the potential to kickstart CCS in the region, creating up to 2,000 green jobs,” Energy Secretary Ed Davey said in a separate e-mailed statement.

White Rose will provide enough power for 630,000 homes and trap 90 per cent of the plant’s emissions for permanent storage in the North Sea. National Grid Carbon Ltd. will supply the transportation and storage infrastructure. The plant will have the ability to co-fire biomass, according to Drax.

Negotiations to fund a further study for the Peterhead CCS venture by Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) and SSE Plc, are “progressing positively” with an announcement due shortly, Minister Fallon said. The UK government selected Drax’s White Rose and Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, as preferred bidders for the CCS program from eight proposals in March.

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