Surprise as DECC chooses not to fund EU’s ‘leading’ CCS project

2CO’s Don Valley Power project may be abandoned after failing to be shortlisted for the government’s CCS competition. Other gas and coal projects could get a grant

Factory. Credit: Simon Price, AlamyA Doncaster-based carbon capture and storage (CCS) project, labelled the best in Europe by the European Commission, is likely to be abandoned after failing to be shortlisted for government funding.

The energy and climate department (DECC) revealed a shortlist of four projects for its £1bn CCS competition at the end of October: Progressive Energy’s plan to build a new coal plant with 330 megawatts of CCS at Teesside; Shell and Scottish & Southern Energy’s plan to install CCS on a gas power station in Peterhead (pictured); Alstom’s proposal to build an oxyfuel CCS plant on a new 300MW supercritical coal plant at Drax power station in Yorkshire; and US firm Summit Power’s 570MW coal power station at Grangemouth, Scotland.

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