News: November 2013

The ever-escalating cost of not pursuing CCS

Global policy makers need to get to grips with the positive implications of embracing carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, or else pay an unnecessarily expensive price in order to achieve carbon emission reduction targets. 

Welcome to the US Gulf Coast, home of CO2 storage

Giant sedimentary basins underneath the United States have the capacity to store 500 years' worth of the country's energy-related carbon dioxide emissions, and the biggest are located in the traditional petroleum producing states along the Gulf Coast, according to U.S. government scientists. 

Poland could violate law with new power plants – EU climate chief says

Poland could be breaking EU law if it goes ahead with the construction of two new units at its Opole power plant, Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard suggests. 

Carbon capture and storage could boost Sask. oil recovery revenues to $2B in 2025

Saskatchewan could use carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology to boost revenues from enhanced oil recovery (EOR) projects from just over $500 million a year in 2015 to more than $2 billion a year by 2025, according to a study by Integrated CO2 Network (ICON).

China and UK forge ties on carbon capture

The UK and China are set to work together to develop low-carbon technologies, in a ground-breaking collaboration on carbon capture and utilisation and storage (CCUS). Scientists from both countries will today sign in London a 10-year memorandum of understanding that aims to advance knowledge around the emerging technology.

EPA begins to gather comments on reducing CO2 emissions from existing power plants

With the first major hurdle of regulation under Obama's Climate Action Plan done, EPA is now reaching out to states in preparation of the next step -- a proposal to cut carbon from the nation's existing power plants. EPA plans to host public sessions around the country this fall to gather community comments, according to the agency's website.

Yorkshire carbon dioxide pipeline plans go on show

Plans to carry carbon dioxide across Yorkshire to the North Sea in a 46-mile (75km) pipeline have gone out to a public consultation. National Grid's plan would see the gas transported underground in liquid form from major power stations in South and North Yorkshire to the east coast. The gas will then be stored in porous rock beneath the seabed. The latest proposals will go on show in exhibitions at nine locations along the preferred route of the pipeline.

Norway drops carbon capture plan it had likened to "Moon landing"

Norway's outgoing center-left government dropped plans on Friday for a costly large-scale project to capture carbon dioxide that it once compared in ambition to sending people to the Moon. The International Energy Agency says deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology is critical to reducing carbon emissions, but so far there is no full-scale commercial plant operating anywhere in the world.

EPA proposes rule requiring new coal plants to capture, store CO2

Developers of new coal-fired power plants would be required to capture and store heat-trapping carbon emissions under a rule that U.S. EPA proposed this morning. The rule would require future coal-fired plants to limit emissions of carbon dioxide to 1,100 pounds per megawatt-hour while large combined cycle natural gas facilities must meet a standard of 1,000 pounds per MWh.

Aquistore project complete, but $3M over budget

Aquistore — the world’s first commercial-scale, post-combustion CO2 storage project from a coal-fired power plant — is complete and ready to receive carbon dioxide from SaskPower’s $1.24-billion integrated carbon capture and storage (ICCS) project at Boundary Dam power station near Estevan.