Ayrshire Power has formed a consortium to develop its Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) plans for a new power station in Scotland.
Ayrshire Power is teaming up with oil and gas giant Petrofac, engineering firm Flour and carbon capture provider Doosan Power to develop a new multi-fuel power station at Hunterston, North Ayrshire, Scotland.
The proposed power station facility would burn both coal and biomass and use highly efficient modern technology with strict emissions control. The government intends to invest up to £1bn into carbon capture and storage technology.
Doosan Power Systems will design build, build and commission the carbon capture plant. Flour will build the pipeline which will transport the CO2 used to depleted natural gas reservoirs in the East Irish Sea.
Petrofac, through its subsidiary CO2DeepStore, is developing concepts for storing CO2 in the East Irish Sea.
“We have now been able to put in place a consortium of companies with unrivalled expertise and a track record of delivering projects of this scale and complexity,” said Ayrshire Power project director Muir Miller.
The power station has been designed based on the implementation of CCS technology in line with the latest UK and Scottish Government guidance. Using the latest supercritical power station technology will significantly increase efficiency and thereby reduce coal consumption.
Even after allowing for the energy penalty of carbon dioxide capture and compression, the station is expected to be more efficient than any other coal fired power plant in the UK and ultimately will capture 90% of the CO2 produced by the plant.
It is estimated that the new plant could meet the electricity needs of up to 3M homes. It would create a significant number of jobs in Scotland, including more than 100 professional engineering jobs in Renfrew, around 1,600 construction jobs in North Ayrshire at the peak of the construction phase and approximately 160 on an on-going basis once the plant is up and running.
The new plant will require around £100M of CCS equipment, much of which could be procured in Scotland, representing a major opportunity for local suppliers.