Mott MacDonald is working with ScottishPower to develop a project demonstrating the technical and commercial viability of capturing carbon dioxide from coal fired power stations and locking it away underground.
ScottishPower’s CCS proposal is being developed as part of a competition held by the Department of Energy & Climate Change, in which Eon’s Kingsnorth station is also taking part.
The Government wants to find ways to limit the climate change impact of burning fossil fuels. Successful demonstration of CCS could lead to fitting of the technology to existing and new coal fired stations worldwide.
ScottishPower’s proposal involves fitting post combustion carbon capture technology to Longannet Power Station. Carbon dioxide will be removed from the exhaust stream, compressed and transported to depleted oil and gas fields in the North Sea.
The project involves development of conceptual and detailed solutions for the CCS competition entry.
If the ScottishPower consortium bid is selected for construction, Longannet CCS will be operational by 2014 and will be the biggest carbon capture plant in the world.