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SSE responds to UK Government’s Carbon Capture Usage and Storage announcements

20 Dec 2023

Catherine Raw, Managing Director of SSE Thermal, said:

“It’s positive to see the publication of the UK Government’s CCUS Vision. This sets out a long-term strategy for creating a CCUS market which will be fundamental for delivering a reliable, decarbonised power sector, and providing security of energy supply in the transition to net zero. It is particularly welcome to see Government recognise the need for multiple additional power CCUS projects by 2030.

“The UK Government’s decision to progress Track 2 clusters in early 2024 should see the Scottish Cluster progress, providing opportunities for Peterhead Carbon Capture Power Station to access CO2 transport and storage infrastructure by 2028-29, and enabling the delivery of Scotland’s decarbonisation targets. The reality is that the UK will need around ten new power stations like Peterhead Carbon Capture to successfully decarbonise, alongside other technologies like hydrogen, by 2030.

“As the UK’s most carbon-intensive cluster and one of the UK's industrial heartlands, the Humber remains a key strategic location for decarbonisation. It’s important that UK Government provides further detail on the approach to delivering much needed CCS infrastructure to this region beyond the initial projects already identified. This will enable projects like Keadby 3 Carbon Capture Power Station, and our newly formed hydrogen production joint venture with Kellas Midstream, H2NorthEast, to continue to develop at the pace required. We look forward to further updates early next year.”