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UK’s First CO2 Storage Facility Takes Bids from 19 Companies

0 shares Share 0 Tweet 0 Pin 0 Share 0 No less than 19 companies applied to invest in the first carbon dioxide (CO2) storage in the UK. Britain wants to develop Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology, which… Read More

No less than 19 companies applied to invest in the first carbon dioxide (CO2) storage in the UK. 

Britain wants to develop Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology, which includes filtering atmosphere-warming carbon from industrial smokestacks before it’s released into the environment and storing it underground. The plan is to capture and store 20 to 30 million tonnes of CO2 by 2030.  

According to Reuters, the North Sea Transition Authority offered 13 areas for storage, including depleted oil and gas fields and porous rock formations containing seawater. 
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"The level of interest already expressed suggests there will be strong competition, meaning that prospective licensees will need to produce high-quality bids to win licences," the NSTA said. It didn't name the bidders, but Italy's Eni (ENI.MI) said on Wednesday it had applied to store CO2 at the depleted Hewett gas field. A spokesperson for Equinor (EQNR.OL) said the Norwegian oil and gas firm had applied together with BP (BP.L).

The NSTA estimates that they’ll need up to 100 CO2 storage sites in order for the country to meet its net zero targets by 2050. 

Government data reports that Britain’s greenhouse gas emissions stood around 425 million tonnes of CO2. 

While storing carbon dioxide underground is an effective way to help carbon-heavy industries cut their emissions, it hasn't yet been deployed on a large scale anywhere in the world. 

Let’s hope future CCS projects attract even more investors. 


Nikola uses his background in electrical engineering to break down complex sustainability topics for GreenCitizen's readers. He is a firm believer in environmental conservation, which he practices daily through recycling and home-grown food. He enjoys hiking, engaging in white-water sports, and collecting pocket knives.

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