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Carbon dioxide from processing terminal to be transported

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The Acorn Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) project has begun a feasibility study after concluding funding from the European Union’s funding round Accelerating CCS Technologies (ACT).

The project is a phased full-chain project in North East Scotland, which will transport and store CO2 captured initially from the St Fergus gas processing terminal. The CO2 will be transported offshore and injected deep underground for permanent storage in a saline formation. Later phases will store CO2 from other sources.

The ACT Acorn study is being led by Pale Blue Dot Energy with project partners Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage (University of Aberdeen, University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University), University of Liverpool, Bellona (Norway) and Radboud University (the Netherlands).

The study will demonstrate the commercial and regulatory aspects of CCS project development in the UK. This would include the commercial aspects of transferring oil and gas infrastructure for use in CCS, the implementation of CO2 storage permits and development of funding and risk allocation aspects of CCS projects.

Researchers will develop a full-chain business case and economic model as well as pinpoint the best North Sea geological CO2 storage site for the project. They will also recommend policy that could support a just transition to a decarbonised future in regions dependent on fossil fuel industries and identify tools and methodologies for public engagement.

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