EU lines up funding for six carbon capture projects

7 October 2009 - The European Commission has proposed six carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects that are to receive a total of EUR1.05bn ($1.55bn) to help commercialise the low-carbon technology.

The selected demonstration projects will receive EU funding for developing the technology used to trap CO2 emissions from power plants and industrial installations burning fossil fuels.

According to EurActiv, the Hatfield power plant in the north of England, Vattenfall's Jaenschwalde plant in Germany, Endesa's Compostilla plant in Spain, the Maasvlakte plant in the Netherlands and Belchatow in Poland would receive up to EUR180m each, according to reports. In addition, Porto Tolle in Italy is lined up to receive EUR100m.

A French CO2 transport project was dropped from the list as it did not meet all the requirements.

Eleven projects were submitted by the mid-July deadline. A total of thirteen projects were originally identified as eligible for Community funding under the European Energy Programme for Recovery, but only one project per member state could receive funding.

Member states have two weeks to reject the proposal before it moves on to the European Parliament. UK Liberal Democrat MEP Chris Davies, who steered the EU's CCS legislation through the EU assembly last year, said that MEPs would likely accept the plan as it stands now.

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