3 March 2010 – E.ON has submitted environmental scoping reports outlining the company’s plans for a carbon dioxide (CO2) pipeline for its proposed Kingsnorth cleaner coal fired power station.
The plans are part of a vision for Kingsnorth to be the gateway to CCS development in the UK, enabling the future development of a ‘CCS Cluster’ in the South East.
Crossing the Hoo Peninsula in southeast England, the pipeline would be big enough to transport the carbon emissions of two 1600 MW Kingsnorth type power plants and three smaller 500 MW combined heat and power (CHP) plants. The pipeline is expected to be able to shift 24m tonnes of trapped carbon dioxide a year be stored in depleted North Sea gas fields, allowing a cluster of carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects to be developed in the same area.
According to Reuters, the final pipeline proposals are expected to be submitted to Medway local government council by the end of the year, E.ON said. “Far from being just about one project, we believe that Kingsnorth has an exciting role to play as a gateway to unlocking the south east energy industry’s potential to decarbonize,” E.ON project development manager Ed Walker said.
E.ON’s Kingsnorth CCS power plant is its entry for the British government’s CCS competition, despite delaying the project which would take it beyond the contest deadline of 2014. The other two groups also in the competition are a consortium led by ScottishPower, a unit of Spain’s Iberdrola, including Shell UK Limited and National Grid, and another, led by RWE npower.
The competition would provide up to GBP1bn ($1.49bn) of funding from the government to spend on the carbon cutting technology.