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SHELL and NATIONAL GRID JOIN IBERDROLA'S CO2 capture and stockage (CCS) consortium in UK

The initiative forms part of the Spanish utility’s drive for cleaner and more efficient electric power generation technologies
The new partners will provide a major boost to this cutting-edge project. Apart from the ScottishPower subsidiary, the consortium already includes Norwegian company Aker Clean Carbon and has been shortlisted by the UK government in the CCS tender
Shell, a global leader in off-shore operations, and National Grid, the leading power distributor in the UK, show their commitment to post-combustion technology already applied in tests at IBERDROLA’s thermal plant in Longannet

Ango-Dutch oil company Shell and National Grid, the owner and operator of the UK’s gas pipeline and electricity networks, have joined the CO2 capture and storage (CCS) consortium in the UK led by IBERDROLA’s Scottish subsidiary. The consortium also includes Norwegian company Aker Clean Carbon, a specialist in CO2 removal.

This consortium, set up to deliver a commercial-size CCS system operating from a coal-fired power station by 2014 as a means of fighting climate change, has been shortlisted by the UK government in its tender for the best technology available in this field.

ScottishPower CEO Nick Horler said: “I am delighted to welcome Shell and National Grid to the team. Both of these companies will bring specialist knowledge, expertise and opportunities for growth in the development of this cutting-edge technology. For the consortium the two new companies represent a ‘perfect fit’ as it strives to reduce CO2 emissions by 90% from its power plant at Longannet in Scotland.”

Shell is a global leader in exploration and production of oil and gas and is already taking part in a variety of projects to capture and geologically store CCS - this makes the company ideally placed to be part of the IBERDROLA Scottish subsidiary's CCS consortium. Meanwhile, National Grid is among other things the owner and operator of the UK’s gas pipeline system and has expertise in high-pressure pipelines.

Mr Horler added: “For ScottishPower, the fact that a company of the size and scope of Shell has chosen to join our carbon capture consortium is a considerable coup and a significant boost to our bid. The addition of Shell and National Grid to an already first-class team represents an even greater chance of developing a technology that will be vital in tackling climate change.”

The ScottishPower CEO stressed that “Shell’s experience of working offshore in the North Sea is clearly critical – not only in terms of the potential for CO2 storage in depleted oil and gas reservoirs, but because transport and storage of CO2 will demand many of the same engineering and subsurface skills on which the oil and gas industry has depended for many decades.”

He concluded by saying that “I believe the inclusion of National Grid as a non-exclusive partner into the consortium is an indication of how far our plans have advanced, as we have now reached a stage where it’s right to involve the UK’s leading pipeline operator”.

Source : Communiqué IBERDROLA

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