The UK government has selected two carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects to establish two new clusters through the Track-2 process, which aims to accelerate development of the UK’s carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) industry.
The two projects include Acorn CCS, a carbon dioxide (CO2) transportation and storage system which reuses legacy oil and gas infrastructure to transport captured industrial CO2 emissions from the Scottish Cluster to permanent storage 2.5km (1.5 miles) under the North Sea.
The second cluster, Viking, has the potential to transport and store up to 10m tonnes of CO2 annually by 2030 and 15m tonnes of CO2 annually by 2035 with independently verified storage capacity of 300m tonnes of CO2 across the depleted Viking gas fields.
With CCUS considered by the UK government as ‘essential’ to meeting its Net Zero ambitions, the country aims to deploy CCUS in a minimum of two industrial clusters by the mid-2020s and four by 2030 at the latest to capture and store 20-30 million tonnes of CO2 (MtCO2) per year by 2030.
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