Energy giant Shell recently held public exhibitions around the North East to showcase their pioneering plans for Peterhead Power Station.
Shell, along with Scottish Southern Energy (SSE), propose to establish the world’s first gas carbon capture and storage (CCS) project at the Boddam station.
Peterhead CCS is one of two projects currently going through the final phase of the UK Government’s CCS competition which is designed to support the development of this vital technology.
Public exhibitions were held at Boddam, Peterhead, Cruden Bay and Aberdeen for local residents to get more information and share their views on the project.
The first meeting was held in Boddam on Wednesday, January 8 and Project Manager, Paul Garnham said it was a success: “It was really good, you never know who will turn up and personally I was expecting small numbers but by the end of it we had over 100 people come along.
“The response from locals was supportive and it is great to be working on a project that people support. We had councillors, residents, landowners and even workers from the Power Station popped in to see us in their boilersuits.”
Speaking about the project, Mr Garnham said: “The final decision should come at the end of 2015 so we hope it will get the green light.
“The aim of the project is to capture CO2 (carbon dioxide) currently in the atmosphere, compress it and turn it into a liquid which will be sent offshore 62 miles to the Goldeneye gas reservoir.
“Goldeneye has been sitting vacant for a while so it is an ideal store for us and the CO2 will be stored there in a safe environment out of harms way.”
He added: “Over ten years the project will store 10 million tonnes of CO2. This won’t solve global warming, but it will prove that it can be done and in a manner that can be multiplied.
“We hope that this project will encourage others to pick up the baton and help to ultimately save the planet.”
For those who missed the consultations, Mr Garnham said: “This was the first of several opporunities as this is just phase one. Phase two will take place in the next year or two so don’t worry, you haven’t missed the boat.”
More information and feedback forms are available by visiting www.shell.co.uk/peterheadccs.
Alternatively you can contact Shell Community Liaison Officer, Liz Scott on 07891 315194 or meet her at the Hotspot on Kirk Street, Peterhead on Thursdays and Fridays.