Carbon Capture and Storage: North Sea

(asked on 21st January 2020) - View Source

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps she is taking to encourage the use of sites under the North Sea for carbon sequestration.


Answered by
Kwasi Kwarteng Portrait
Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
This question was answered on 28th January 2020

Carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) will play a vital role in meeting our net zero greenhouse gas emissions target by 2050, supporting both our Industrial Strategy and the revitalisation of the economies of the UK’s industrial areas. The Government is committed to deploying CCUS in the 2020s.

The Oil and Gas Authority issued its first CO2 storage licence to Pale Blue Dot Energy (Acorn) Ltd (PBD) for the Acorn Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Project in 2018.

In order to support the development of potential CO2 storage sites, the Government invested £2.5 million in the Energy Technologies Institute’s (ETI) CO2 Storage Appraisal Project which looked in detail at eight potential CO2 storage sites[1]. The UK also has the world-leading CO2-stored database[2] which is hosted and developed by the British Geological Survey and provides the data for over 500 potential offshore CO2 storage sites around the UK.

We are working closely with North Sea countries through the North Sea Basin Taskforce to share best practice and cooperate on North Sea CO2 storage. In October 2019, we cooperated with Norway and the Netherlands to achieve a provisional amendment to the London Protocol, allowing for the cross-border transport of CO2 for permanent storage, such as in the North Sea – a key breakthrough for UK projects and facilitating international CCUS deployment

[1] Energy Technologies Institute LLP, Strategic UK CCS Storage Appraisal, 2016

[2] CO2 Stored Database available at: http://www.co2stored.co.uk/home/index

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