The UK has decided to put forward 12 projects for consideration by the European Investment Bank for its New Entrants Reserve, the €4.5bn pot to spend on CCS and “innovative renewable projects”.
There are seven CCS projects and five renewable ones.
The CCS projects are:
- Alstom Limited Consortium: oxyfuel new supercritical coal-fired power station on Drax site in North Yorkshire
- C.GEN: new integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) power station (pre-combustion with CCS on the coal-feed) in Killingholme, Yorkshire
- Peel Energy CCS Ltd: post-combustion amine capture on new supercritical coal-fired power station in Ayrshire, Scotland
- Don Valley Power Project (formerly known as the Hatfield Project): new IGCC power station in Stainforth, Yorkshire
- A consortium led by Progressive Energy Ltd; pre-combustion coal gasification project in Teesside, North East England
- Scottish Power Generation Limited: post-combustion amine capture retrofitted to an existing subcritical coal-fired power station at Longannet, Scotland
- SSE Generation Limited: post-combustion capture retrofitted to an existing CCGT power station at Peterhead, Scotland
And the five renewable projects:
- POWER (Pentland Orkney Wave Energy Resource) which will deploy Aquamarine Oyster and Pelamis wave energy converters off the coast of the Orkneys
- Kyle Rhea Tidal Turbine Array which will deploy Marine Current Turbines “SeaGen” devices in Kyle Rhea, Islay
- MeyGen Tidal Stream Project which will deploy Atlantis Resources and Rolls Royce/Tidal Generation tidal turbines in the Pentland Firth Inner Sound
- Scottish Power Renewables Sound of Islay Demonstration Tidal Array which will deploy Hammerfest Strom tidal turbines in the Sound of Islay
- Blyth Britannia which will deploy Clipper Wind Power 10 MW Offshore Wind Turbines off Blyth in Northumberland
So this means, that apart from two CCS projects which withdrew from the process, every project submitted to the energy department will be put forward to the EIB. The EIB will then choose up to three to back – so the tough decision is yet to be taken.