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Parsons Brinckerhoff

UK Carbon Capture and Storage Demonstration Competition

Brief description

The Government’s Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) competition involves the commercial-scale demonstration of post-combustion CCS on a coal-fi red power station.

Parsons Brinckerhoff ’s role

PB’s expertise supported the development of this challenging competition and the company’s role continues as Technical Adviser to the UK Government during the negotiated tendering procedure.

Other parties

Client – Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) Bidders – E.ON, Scottish Power, Peel Energy & RWE

Start/finish dates

Start – January 2007 Finish – project to be operational by 2014


Approx £1bn.


CCS has considerable global market potential and is widely recognised as a crucial technology for tackling climate change. It is also introducing significant challenge and complexity into conventional power generation.

Interesting facts

Fossil fuels will continue to play a significant role in meeting future energy demand. They will still account for 80% of the world’s primary energy mix in 2030 and coal will continue to account for about half of power generation fuel needs at that time. [Source: World Energy Outlook 2008, IEA]

CO2 capture rate
15 million tonnes of CO2 to be captured and stored
World leading CCS project


“The vast majority of new power stations in China and India will be coal fired; not ‘may be coal fired’; will be. So developing carbon capture and storage technology is not optional, it is literally of the essence”

Tony Blair (June 2008)

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