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The investments made by Scottish Power and its partners advanced technological progress and would boost the UK industry, despite Longannet’s CCS project having now been wound up, said Scottish Power Wednesday.

“There will be turnover among the many projects in that program, some will go forward and some will not, that is partand- arcel of demonstrating any major low carbon technology.

“The Consortium submitted the most detailed and comprehensive design of a commercial-scale end-to-end CCS project ever conducted in the UK or Europe. In the process it invested more than GBP20 million ... working on CCS for four years,” the statement said.

The UK has five more CCS projects seeking EU funds under the NER-300 program.

“This project has significantly increased the UK’s expertise in CCS and will help us to compete internationally as a leader in CCS technology,” it said.

“It has more than enough candidates to move forward. We have to get used to this happening, and understand that it is project-specific. It in no way means that the technology itself cannot deliver commercially - our cost reports show that it can,” said Drosin.

The failure of Longannet should not be conflated with failure of carbon capture, said Eric Drosin of advisory group the Zero Emission Platform: “In order for the EU to deliver commerciallyviable CCS by 2020, as it has requested be done, it needs a demonstration program,” he said.



Communications Report 2011