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Costain gets CCS cash

Contractor Costain has received funding from the Department of Environment and Climate Change (Decc) to develop carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies, the firm announced today.

Costain has received funds from a £20M Decc programme to find ways to reduce the costs CCS projects. The firm will now work on two projects with Edinburgh and Leeds University.

Working with Edinburgh University the firm will investigate the use of cheaper absorber columns for use in post-combustion carbon capture in coal and gas power plants. The firm will also look at an improved oxyfuel capture technology with the both universities.

Costain is already developing next generation carbon capture technology with the Energy Technologies Institute. The project is expected to improve efficiencies and reduce cost for power generation in Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle power plants while delivering a carbon capture rate of 95%.

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