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Future power plants 'must be CCS ready'

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Connections to carbon storage sites should be one of the factors taken into account when new gas power plants are planned, academics have insisted.

Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage (SCCS) – a partnership of the University of Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt University and the British Geological Survey – called for a change in the way energy stations are conceived.

A report published by the body this month said a concerted effort was needed to get the UK carbon capture and storage (CCS) industry back on track.

It said that if government policy continued to support gas-fired power then CCS would be essential to meeting future climate targets.

“If gas is expected to deliver a sizeable proportion of electricity demand, existing and future power plants must be genuinely CCS-ready,” said the report.

“So the siting of any new gas plant will need to be assessed alongside the viability and cost of pipeline and/or shipping connections to suitable CO2 storage sites.”

Moves to create a thriving CCS industry in the UK were dealt a major blow last year when the government scrapped a £1bn funding stream.

But SCCS said earlier this year that existing infrastructure could be used to implement a CCS system capable of slashing Scotland’s carbon emissions by a fifth.

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