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Nine UK projects bidding for carbon capture EU funding

A government roadmap on carbon capture storage will be delayed until the autumn after 14 UK projects confirmed applications for EU funding.

Energy minister Chris Huhne today confirmed that a total of 14 UK projects have applied for the EU’s New Entrant Reserve scheme funding worth between €4.5 billion and €9bn.

The fund has been established to support carbon capture and storage and innovative renewable projects across the EU.

A statement from DECC read: “Given the significant progress expected on CCS in 2011 the government has decided to publish the CCS roadmap in the autumn rather than the spring as originally planned.”

Of the 14 applications received, nine were for CCS projects with three based in Scotland and six in England.

There were five applications for innovative renewable with three tidal stream projects in Scotland, a wave project in Scotland and an offshore wind project in the North-east of England.

Of the CCS projects, seven are to capture CO2 from coal-fired power stations and two are to capture emissions from gas-fired plants.

The Government has until 9 May this year to assess the applications against the NER and UK criteria and decide which to put forward to the European Investment Bank for further consideration.

Energy Minister Charles Hendry said: “The strong level of interest received for CCS projects in particular is heartening – it shows that UK industry is keen to move forward in the development of CCS and confirms the lead that the UK is taking in this critical technology.

“Cleaner fossil fuel technologies present a huge opportunity for the UK and could potentially support up to 100,000 jobs in the country by 2030.”

Among those to apply to the scheme were Ayrshire Power who want to build a new coal-fired station using experimental Carbon Capture Storage technology and Scottish & Southern Energy for its gas-fired plant at Peterhead in Scotland.

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