Consultant Arup has formed new unit to manage carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects with legal firm Martineau and Yellow Wood Energy.
According to Arup’s senior consultant Steve Argent, “This complements Arup’s existing UK and EU CCS activities and offers customers a unique single source that can cover all the bases.”
CCS technology would remove the greenhouse gases from fossil fuel power stations, and divert them into geological stores.
The new Arup unit aims to tap into the rapidly developing CCS market. Arup said in a statement that the development is so rapid that: “there is a lack of availability of genuine specialist professional services from practitioners with knowledge and experience across all areas of the CCS chain.”
The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) wants to push the UK to the forefront of CCS technology, and has launched the first of four CCS competitions, which will be for post-combustion technology A new Kingsnorth power station and Longannet in Scotland are the two shortlisted projects.
A proposed plant at Hatfield has also won EU money to develop a pre-combustion CCS system. A third plant, likely to be post-combustion capture, is likely to be built at Hunterston in Scotland.
The team will deliver specialist advice covering costing and finance, risk assessment support, regulatory and policy design and analysis, project development support and legal support including drafting of agreements for trading, transportation, storage operation, trading of rights, service contracts, planning and environmental issues.
The new alliance is expected to attract interest from many of the companies involved in the CCS process, from project developers to service companies, equipment manufacturers and technology specialists, all looking for help with the complex issues their projects will face.