White Rose CCS Project Development Consent Order accepted 23/12/2014
Capture Power Limited, the consortium of Alstom, Drax and BOC, has today announced that its Development Consent Order (DCO) application to build a state-of-the-art carbon capture and storage (CCS) commercialisation project, the White Rose CCS Project, has been accepted for examination by the Planning Inspectorate.
An independent planning inspector will now consider the merits of the proposed White Rose CCS Project before making a recommendation to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change who will make the final decision about whether the project is granted development consent.
On being granted development consent, subject to funding being agreed, the intention is to develop a new, up to 448MWe (gross), coal-fired demonstration oxy-fuel power plant with full CCS equipment on land adjacent to the existing Drax Power Station, near Selby, North Yorkshire. The project would be one of the first large scale power plants of its type in the world.
Submission of the DCO is a key milestone for the project, which is now half way through its two-year Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) study, a detailed engineering, planning and financial exercise to examine and finalise all aspects of the project ahead of taking the final investment decision.
Commenting on today’s announcement, Leigh Hackett, CEO of Capture Power, said: “We are pleased to have reached such an important milestone in the White Rose CCS Project. Much work has already been undertaken to get us this far, including an extensive consultation exercise with the local community and a technical consultation on issues such as visual impact, ecology, noise, traffic and air quality. The results of the consultation have been very positive and we are particularly pleased by the support we have received from the local community.
“We are now half way through the FEED study which is progressing well and is on schedule to complete around the end of 2015. The White Rose CCS Project has great potential to demonstrate oxy-fuel combustion CCS technology and kick start the development of a CCS hub in the Yorkshire and Humber region.”
Details of the Development Consent Order application can be viewed on the Planning Inspectorate website here