The government yesterday published a list of companies that have signalled their intention to apply to the new UK carbon capture and storage (CCS) competition.
It said that publishing the list was an attempt to encourage further discussion within the CCS industry to support collaboration between companies and any interested suppliers.
“This forms part of the new concerted approach the competition is taking to help stimulate the early development of the supply chain for CCS,” said a statement from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc). The new approach comes after the government’s first attempt to award £1bn for the development of the technology on a large scale commercial level collapsed.
“This high level of interest proves that the UK is back on track with CCS,” said a Decc spokesman. “From the outset, we are working through collaboration with industry to ensure we make CCS a reality and importantly create the maximum return for what is one of the best offers anywhere in the world.”
|Consortium lead bidder / registered bidder|
|Air Liquide||Progressive Energy|
|Alstom||Portland Gas Storage|
|Centrica (Hydrocarbon Resources Ltd.)||SEQ|
|Costain Energy & Process||Shell|
|Doosan Power Projects||SSI|
|National Grid||Summit Power|
The list covers companies that have indicated that they will lead a bid and not all companies that may be involved in that bid.
Decc emphasised that it is not a list of applicants – the closing date for bids remains 3 July. Over the coming weeks Decc will hold meetings with potential bidders.