Scottish Enterprise has proposed the construction of three Scottish carbon capture and storage (CCS) demonstration projects at Longannet, Peterhead and Hunterston.
The proposed facilities, outlined in a study unveiled at the low carbon energy conference All Energy, will test and demonstrate the technical and commercial aspects of CCS technology to then allow the deployment of CCS in existing and new fossil fuel power plants, to dramatically reduce Scotland’s carbon emissions.
Key findings of the study include up to 4,600 direct and indirect jobs during construction phase to 2020, with a further 454 operational jobs supported during the operational lifetime of the demonstration facilities.
The study also found up to £2.75bn of Gross Value Added (GVA) for the Scottish economy during construction with an additional £535M per annum over their operational lifetime.
Scottish Enterprise believe the early adoption of CCS technology could help to safeguard the future employment for many of the 150,000 currently working in Scotland’s offshore industry.
It has been estimated in separate research that CCS could support up to 13,000 new jobs by 2025, including exporting Scottish-based skills and technology across the world.
The three Scottish-based demonstration projects are still all in the running to secure EU funding from the New Entrants’ Reserve programme, which has been developed to support low carbon demonstration projects across Europe.
Adrian Gillespie, senior director of energy and low carbon technologies at Scottish Enterprise, said: “We want to see a number of CCS demonstration projects developed in Scotland and are working with our partners in industry, in the UK Government and in Europe to help make that happen.
“Scotland stands well placed to offer demonstration opportunities in coal, gas, new build and retrofitting to existing stations.”