At least 13,000 jobs could be created by storing carbon dioxide deep below the sea off the Scottish coast, a report has found.
Opportunities for CO² storage around Scotland, published this week by the Scottish Government, industry and researchers, found that the Moray Firth could be the site of an emerging carbon capture and storage industry.
The research calculates that a rock formation, known as the Captain Sandstone − buried more 800m beneath the Moray Firth, could store at least 15 years and potentially a century’s-worth of CO² output from Scotland’s power industry.
“This is an exciting and landmark moment in the development of carbon capture and storage,” said Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage professor Eric Mackay.
“The Captain Sandstone is just one of many rock formations filled with salt water in the central and northern North Sea.
“We have shown that this is a feasible site that could store massive amounts of CO², helping the UK meet its targets for carbon emissions reduction.