Peterhead 2 CCS Power Station
Powering on for a net zero Scotland
Since 1982, Peterhead Power Station in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, has played a critical role in keeping the lights on for our homes, businesses and communities. As Scotland’s only flexible gas-fired power station, Peterhead provides essential flexibility to the electricity system, complementing intermittent renewable generation and ensuring security of supply.
Now, as we transition to a cleaner energy future, SSE Thermal is exploring opportunities for decarbonised power generation at Peterhead, using carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, to allow the site to continue providing flexible and reliable energy in a net zero world.
Situated on the coast, Peterhead is well-placed for CCS technology, with access to essential transport and storage infrastructure. The Goldeneye depleted gas field, which can be used to safely store the CO2, is located about 100km offshore in the North Sea.
What is carbon capture and storage?
Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is a technology that can capture at least 90% of the carbon dioxide emissions produced from the use of fossil fuels in electricity generation and industrial processes, preventing the carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere.
The CCS chain consists of three parts; capturing the carbon dioxide, transporting the carbon dioxide, and securely storing the carbon dioxide emissions underground, in depleted oil and gas fields or deep saline aquifer formations.
SSE Thermal is progressing this low-carbon vision for Peterhead as part of NECCUS, an alliance focused on decarbonising energy and industry to support Scotland's target of net-zero carbon emissions by 2045.
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