A large high-pressure pipeline built to carry natural gas from North Sea reservoirs could give Scotland’s industrial sector the edge when it comes to tackling its carbon emissions, delegates at this year’s All-Energy conference in Aberdeen will hear.
|Large emitter sources and route of Feeder 10 pipeline. Image: SCCS/Google|
If the UK pursues its vision to deliver a carbon capture and storage (CCS) industry, the infrastructure that has fed fossil fuels to an energy-hungry nation for decades could instead be used to transport millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO₂) back to geological formations beneath the North Sea for permanent storage.
Dr Peter Brownsort, SCCS Scientific Research Officer, will present analysis showing the proximity of clusters of industrial emitters, such as refineries and chemical works, to the Feeder 10 pipeline between St Fergus and Avonbridge. Many of these sites are located within 20km of the pipeline, providing a unique opportunity to use existing infrastructure to access identified CO₂ storage sites offshore.
Scotland’s industry accounts for around 20% of its total greenhouse gas emissions, and the Scottish Government has set ambitious targets for reducing total national emissions by 2050. However, many of the processes in the manufacturing and refining sectors carry an inherent carbon burden. According to industry, the most easily achieved measures for tackling this have been put in place. Now, CCS could offer a viable route to making greater reductions.
Dr Brownsort said:
Without giving too much away before All-Energy, our analysis suggests that the Feeder 10 pipeline could serve key industrial sites in Scotland’s Central Belt, reducing the investment needed to establish industrial CCS. It could transport around three million tonnes of CO₂ per year, for permanent storage in well-characterised geological storage sites beneath the North Sea. Ironically, the very industry and geology that has contributed to Scotland’s carbon footprint could well play a part in the solution offered by CCS.”
Dr Brownsort will join what the All-Energy organisers have described as a “dream team” line-up for the CCS sessions of the conference programme – which includes progress reports from Peterhead and White Rose, the two full-chain CCS projects to secure multi-million pound UK Government funding for design studies.