E.On and ScottishPower have today been awarded funding to develop designs to build the UK’s first carbon capture and storage units.
The two energy giants are competing for Government backing to build CCS at sites at Kingsnorth, Kent – E.On’s proposed location – or Longannet, Clackmannanshire, in Scotland – Scottish Power’s site.
It has not been disclosed exactly how much funding each company will receive, but the money has been drawn from a £90 million Government pot and will support detailed engineering and design work over the next 12 months.
Following development of the two designs, the Government will announce where the first CCS plant will be constructed.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change has pledged to build four coal-fired power stations with commercial-scale CCS.