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Consultant to assist on carbon challenge

Engineering consultancy Parsons Brinckerhoff has been appointed by the Government to support its competition for the construction of the UK’s first commercial scale carbon capture and storage plant.

The competition was launched by the Prime Minister last month.

PB, through its energy specialist arm PB Power, has been advising the UK Government on the technical aspects leading up to the competition since January, when it launched a review of potential UK power generation CCS projects for the former Department for Trade and Industry.

PB’s engineering director and CCS specialist Mike Wheeler said: “This is a massively important initiative and it can only be hoped that other governments will follow the UK government’s lead – along with Norway and the US - and develop similar demonstration projects to prove the technology in this critical area.

“Developing this technology in the UK should also present business opportunities to the UK when retrofitting carbon capture technology on the many hundreds of power stations currently being built across the developing world, and which without CCS would continue to emit billions of tonnes of carbon dioxide for the next 30 to 40 years, becomes a political imperative.”