Institutional support for the development of the Central North Sea is renowned and respected the world over. There’s a genuine ‘can do’ culture already evident at local, regional and national level. Organisations such as Scottish Government, Department for Energy and Climate Change, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, Health and Safety Executive and The Crown Estate, have already demonstrated a joined-up approach to supporting, accelerating, and consenting the activities needed to take CO₂ from source to store.
These organisations have developed an unmatched body of knowledge. By leading one of the world’s most detailed FEED studies for commercial CCS, with the ScottishPower Consortium at Longannet Power Station, a reliable dataset of information has been established. These working practices provide practical assurance which continues to attract CCS project developers to the region.
Collaboration doesn't stop there. Government, industry and academia are on board too – funding research and development projects at every point along the CCS chain. They have already delivered ground-breaking work on regulation, capture, transportation, storage and cost-reduction. And nowhere else in the world will you find so many developers with the commitment, expertise and financial strength to capitalise on that knowledge and make full-scale CCS a commercial reality.