Up to €180M (£164M) of European Union (EU) cash has been earmarked for the UK’s first coalfired power station to use carbon capture and storage (CCS).
The Powerfuel “clean coal” plant at Hatfield colliery in Yorkshire is understood to be the only successful UK bid for a share of the EU’s £229M pot for CCS development in the UK.
It beat rival bids from Eon’s Kingsnorth plant, the Longannet plant in Fife proposed by Scottish Power, and an Npower site at Tilbury in Essex. All remain shortlisted for the UK government’s £1bn CCS funding competition.
“The plan has been approved internally but not by [The European] Parliament. It has not been rubber stamped yet.”
European Commission spokesperson
The European Commission judged the Hatfield plant to be the third best in Europe. If approved, the sum awarded to the plant would be matched by a similar sum from the UK government. A commission spokesperson said no official statement has been made yet as the decision has not yet received full approval.
“The plan has been approved internally but not by [The European] Parliament,” she said. “It has not been rubber stamped yet, put it that way.”
Six other plants in Germany, France, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain and Italy have also been recommended for funding. Building the Hatfield plant would create 1,500 jobs and begin in 2010, to complete in 2015.