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SNC-Lavalin appointed to ETI project to develop a generic business case for a gas power plant with CCS design

12 October 2016

Andrew Green
Andrew Green Programme Manager

There is broad consensus that the UK power system needs to be largely decarbonised by the early 2030s to enable any material decarbonisation of heat and transport to be viable thereafter. CCS has a key role to play in decarbonising the power sector, and with a strong history in oil, gas and power skills, the UK is well placed to lead the world in the development of CCS.

Since the Government’s decision not to proceed with the CCS competition we have carried out a range of different analyses around potential ways forward. They confirm that the most cost-effective and secure way to meet these needs is to move forward as soon as reasonably possible with a strategically-placed, large-scale gas with CCS power project. We were delighted that the way forward for CCS proposed by the Parliamentary Advisory Group on CCS in its recent report was fully aligned with our analysis, and we expect this project to provide further concrete evidence on the cost-effectiveness of CCS.

Delay in the implementation of CCS could cost £1 – 2bn per annum in the 2020s, rising to £4 – 5bn by 2040.

Stakeholders in CCS will need compelling evidence of the business case for a new power with CCS project which is why we are taking this project forward – to add to this evidence base.

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