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Carbon capture and storage developer to carry on despite planning rejection

Project promoter Ayrshire Power has said it will keep pushing for its proposed coal-fired power station with carbon capture and storage (CCS) to be built at Hunterston in Scotland, despite a planning rejection yesterday.

Ayrshire Power, a subsidiary of developer Peel Group formed in June 2008 to develop this project, said it was “determined” to carry on with the plans despite North Ayrshire Council’s rejection of the plans yesterday. A public inquiry will now take place, and the Scottish Government will have final say on the project.

Ayrshire Power said the council’s decision was not unexpected and pointed out that the project would be Scotland’s first new coal fired power station in over 40 years. However, the Scottish Government has set a target to generate the equivalent of 100% of Scotland’s electricity demand from renewable sources by 2020.

The scheme provoked more than 20,000 rejections to North Ayrshire Council. However, Ayrshire Power said the scheme represents an investment for the region of more than £3bn and said it could help Scotland to become a leader in CCS technology.

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