Carbon capture and storage projects could use Scottish gas grid

Ofgem is consulting on proposals to use part of Scotland’s gas grid to link carbon capture and storage demonstration projects in Scotland with undersea storage sites. The proposals could have far-reaching implications for the technology in the UK

Energy regulator Ofgem is consulting on an application by National Grid Gas (NGG) to convert a substantial part of its pipeline network in Scotland to transport carbon dioxide from fossil fuel power stations to permanent geological disposal sites beneath the North Sea from 2013.1

The proposals published on 6 May 2010 cover 300 kilometres of NGG’s pipeline network, stretching from St Fergus near Aberdeen, where North Sea gas comes ashore, to Avonbridge in Stirling, fairly close to the giant Longannet coal-fired power station.

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