Decision delayed on Yorkshire carbon capture pipeline

A ministerial planning decision on a critical part of a carbon capture and storage (CCS) project in Yorkshire has been delayed by six months, the government has announced.

Energy secretary Amber Rudd
Energy secretary Amber Rudd

Energy secretary Amber Rudd was due to rule on National Grid Carbon’s development consent application for the Yorkshire and Humber CCS Cross-Country Pipeline by yesterday.

But in a statement, energy minister Andrea Leadsom told the House of Commons that the deadline for the judgment had been extended until 19 May 2016.

The statement said  this was to allow a decision on the White Rose CCS Generating Station – which the cross-country pipeline will serve – to be made first.

"This will allow the need for the Yorkshire and Humber CCS Cross-Country Pipeline to be fully assessed," the statement said.

"The extension will also provide further opportunity for any outstanding issues to be considered."

The pipeline would transport carbon dioxide from the proposed generating station to a coastal point near Barmston in Yorkshire, from where it would be transported by offshore pipeline to a saline rock formation storage site under the North Sea.

The offshore pipeline requires a separate planning process.

Developer Capture Power’s proposed White Rose CCS plant would comprise a 448-megawatt gross output coal-fired power plant in Selby, North Yorkshire, equipped with full CCS technology to allow carbon dioxide emissions to be stored deep underground.

A ministerial decsision on the scheme is due in April 2016. 

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