CCS 2014 Event Report

The seminar took place on 11 November and along with the Institution and the rest of the nation we observed a minute’s silence.  However that was all that was silent.  The audience was questioning, knowledgeable, but rather small. 

As organiser I am perplexed as why the audience was so small.  We thought that the 2 DECC sponsored projects and Teesside’s plans as well as DECC would attract. 

Tom Greatrex the Shadow Energy Minister confirmed that if there is a change of Government next May there will be continued support for CCS as the only way our energy supply is to come close to the Kyoto targets on carbon reduction.

The 2 DECC sponsored projects each told of their plans for the networks to be created west of Hull (White Rose) and at Peterhead.  Both are in their early stages and although they are committed as part of the support from DECC to engage with knowledge transfer, there is limited detail yet available.  However both displayed plans that should be reaching commitments to purchase in Q4 2015, so we have decided to delay next year’s seminar the 9th, until March/April 2016.  Teesside, who are proceeding without Government support explained what seems to be more a more ambitious network in the large chemical complexes of North & South Tees.  The Captain Clean Energy Project around Grangemouth is another worthwhile UK initiative standing in the wings awaiting the proving of the market or perhaps more Government support.

The Crown Estate explained the developments they are carrying out to support the growth of the industry.  The speaker from the CCSA detailed the thinking behind the European Commission’s strategy.

We then got a rare glimpse form IEA of what is going on in China with regard to making their industry cleaner.  It was a more hopeful picture in terms of the climate and export opportunities than I personally had believed.

Progressive Energy described how steel making was turning waste gases into a resource, reminiscent of a Process Division evening lecture of a few years ago on the many potential uses of CO2.

Andy Brown also of Progressive Energy who is the IMechE representative on the ISO Standards Committee for CO2 transportation outlined the real engineering issues that will have to be solved to ensure safety.

DECC rounded off the day with a clear presentation of their perspectives.

In general I have avoided names in this report, but they are published in the brochure of the event and we can use this LinkedIn site to seek more detail.  I will forward any query onto the appropriate speaker.  I cannot close without naming the Chair, Michael Gibbons, who is always masterful on the topic of energy.