Shell invites residents to public exhibition

The Goldeneye gas platform
The Goldeneye gas platform

Residents of Boddam, Peterhead and the surrounding areas are invited to discover more about the Peterhead Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) project at a public exhibition.

The free event will be held at the Palace Hotel, Peterhead, between 2pm and 8pm on Monday, December 15.

The exhibition will focus on plans for a new section of pipeline to connect the power station to an existing pipeline that runs between St Fergus Gas Terminal to the north and the Goldeneye gas platform 100km offshore.

Captured CO2 would be pumped through the pipeline and stored in the depleted Goldeneye gas reservoir 2.5km below the seabed.

The exhibition will give details of the wells and subsea elements of the project, based on design and engineering work that has taken place in recent months.

The information presented will form the basis of the Offshore Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), which Shell will submit to the regulatory authorities in January.

Bill Spence, who leads the project for Shell, said: “We hope people from the local community and users of the sea in particular will once again come along on Monday so we can explain how some of the plans for the project have developed since we last shared an update in July.

“My team and I will be on hand to answer questions and gather feedback.

“If the Peterhead CCS project goes ahead it will be the world’s first full-scale CCS unit at a gas-fired power station. Ten million tonnes of CO2, which would otherwise be emitted into the atmosphere, will be captured and stored.”

A separate EIA detailing the proposed onshore work to prepare the Peterhead power station for the CCS project will be submitted in the coming year.

The public will have an opportunity to learn more about these plans during a further set of public exhibitions in February.

Details of these events will be published towards the end of January.