Teesside IGCC power station (Teesside Low Carbon)

From Global Energy Monitor

The Teesside IGCC power station (also known as Teesside Low Carbon and, formerly, Eston Grange CCS Plant) is a proposed 850-megawatt (MW) Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle plant with pre-combustion capture on a brownfield site on Teesside, England.

Location

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Background

The project has been proposed by Teeside Low Carbon, a consortium comprising BOC, GDF SUEZ, Premier Oil and Progressive Energy. The consortium has stated that it expects that it will "make an investment decision in 2014, subject to appropriate planning and other regulatory approvals."[1]

The station would be built on a brownfield site, and use integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) technology to generate electricity. The CCS technology used in the power station would be of the pre-combustion type, and proposes to capture up to 2.5 million tonnes of CO2 per year. The CO2 would be transported via a pipeline, potentially to saline formations in the North Sea. The pipeline is planned to include captured CO2 from other CCS projects. The Eston Grange project is planned for commercial operation by 2018.[2]

Funding

At the end of October 2012 the Department of Energy and Climate Change announced that the project had been short-listed as one of four bidders "for the next phase of the UK’s £1bn Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) competition."[3]

In March 2013 the Project was announced as one of two reserve projects for the UK Government CCS commercialization program. As of 2014 the Global CCS Institute states that the "Financing round is currently underway and additional investors are being sought."[4]

Cancellation

In 2014, the project was not short-listed for the competition for government CCS funding. The Global CCS Institute reported the project as cancelled, and said Progressive Energy was currently re-evaluating options for the project.[5]

Industrial CCS projects in Teesside

There are separate plans for CCS in the region for industrial use. In July 2014 Pale Blue Dot Energy, a strategic energy business consultancy, was awarded coordinator of a CCS project in Teesside. The company was to "build the business case for an industrial CCS network on Teesside" and "will design how the carbon will be captured from an initial four industrial plants on Teesside, determine the best location for its storage, and establish how the gas will be transported to the storage site."[6]

Teesside Collective is a cluster of industries that want to establish Teesside as Europe’s first Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) equipped industrial zone. Tees Valley Unlimited has been awarded £1m funding by the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change to develop a business case for deploying and funding industrial CCS tech in Teesside.[7] However, in November 2015 the UK Government confirmed that the £1 billion capital budget for the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Competition was no longer available. One source close to the Teesside Collective program said of the decision: “The technology is there, the will is there, we have the support of our MPs, but we need further Government support."[8]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Progressive Energy
  • Parent company:
  • Developer: GDF Suez, Premier Oil, and BOC Group
  • Location: near Eston in Redcar & Cleveland, North Yorkshire, UK
  • Coordinates: 54.579, -1.161 (approximate)
  • Status: Cancelled
  • Capacity: 850 MW
  • Type: IGCC, CCS
  • Start date:
  • Coal Type: Hard coal
  • Coal Source:
  • Source of financing:

Resources and articles

References

  1. Progressive Energy, "Welcome", Progressive Energy website, accessed October 2012.
  2. "Teesside Low Carbon (formerly Eston Grange CCS Plant)," Global CCS Institute, accessed April 2014.
  3. Department of Energy and Climate Change, "Short list for UK’s £1bn CCS competition announced", Media Release, October 30, 2012.
  4. "Teesside Low Carbon (formerly Eston Grange CCS Plant)," Global CCS Institute, accessed January 2014.
  5. "Teesside Low Carbon (formerly Eston Grange CCS Plant)," Global CCS Institute, updated Feb 16, 2014
  6. "Teesside's Carbon Capture and Storage project takes significant step forward," Gazette Live, 18 July 2014
  7. "What we do," Teesside Collective, accessed Aug 2015
  8. "Future of £1.5bn North East carbon capture project is in the balance," Gazette Live, 21 Jan 2016

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