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A major milestone has been reached for the Don Valley project, a member of the European Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Demonstration Project Network, and European CCS development when National Grid successfully completed a drilling test off the Yorkshire coast in August. 

On 27 March 2013, the European Commission launched a Consultative Communication on “The future of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) in Europe” [COM(2013) 180], with the aim of initiating a debate on the options available to ensure that it is swiftly deployed. 

The Rotterdam Capture and Storage Demonstration Project (ROAD) project, as a member of the European CCS Demonstration Project Network, has just released a case study regarding its storage permit. It is hoped that the findings will be of interest and help to other project proponents and regulators.

Lewis Gillies is the CEO of 2Co Energy, one of the project proponents of the Don Valley carbon capture and storage (CCS) project. The project is a member of the European CCS Demonstration Project Network, a community of projects dedicated to knowledge sharing in order to accelerate the deployment of safe, large-scale and commercially viable CCS projects. In this short interview Lewis offers his personal views on the development of the project within the UK and the wider outlook within Europe.

On the 22 May 2013 the European CCS Demonstration Project Network held a Communication and Engagement Workshop. The workshop convened a number of international project experts to discuss, from a project proponent’s point of view, the key elements facing the deployment of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) as a critical low-carbon technology.

The Network shared the latest activities and learnings from the CCS demonstration projects at a dissemination event hosted by the ROAD project and held in Oostvoorne, close to the port of Rotterdam.

The shortlist for the next phase of the UK government's £1bn Carbon Capture Scheme (CCS) Competition has just been announced.  The competition aims to support the design, construction and operation of commercial scale CCS projects. The four projects shortlisted are:

The latest newsletter is now available and includes interesting articles on the Vattenfall FEED documents, latest Network outputs and an interview with Hans Schoenmakers, from the ROAD project.

The international workshop "Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS): a key technology for a low-carbon European economy" was held in Bucharest, Romania, on 6 September, 2012, and initiated by the Zero Emissions Platform (ZEP), the Global CCS Institute (GCCSI) and Bellona Europa. The event was organised by the European Development Platform under the auspices of the Romanian Ministry of Economy, Trade and the Business Environment.

The latest knowledge sharing event was held in Cottbus and hosted by Vattenfall at the Schwarze Pumpe power plant. More than 30 Network member representatives attended the event to discuss their latest experiences and share information. The first day of the event was dedicated to knowledge sharing in thematic groups on geological storage, with specific focus on monitoring, public engagement and regulatory development.