US Cabinet Secretary visits Peterhead Power Station to learn about low-carbon solutions

Deb Haaland, the US Secretary of the Interior, has visited SSE’s Peterhead Power Station to learn about the innovative low-carbon solutions being developed in the North-east.

By Kevin McRoberts
Tuesday, 9th November 2021, 7:19 am
Deb Haaland, the US Secretary of the Interior, during her visit to SSE’s Peterhead Power Station.
Deb Haaland, the US Secretary of the Interior, during her visit to SSE’s Peterhead Power Station.

Secretary Haaland is part of a US delegation in Scotland for COP26 and visited Peterhead to get an insight into progress being made on carbon capture and storage (CCS), as well as offshore wind.

Taking a site tour, Secretary Haaland was briefed on SSE’s plans with Equinor to develop a new low-carbon power station at the Peterhead site, which would be one of the UK’s first equipped with CCS technology.

Peterhead is ideally placed for CCS, with access to the essential CO2 transport and storage infrastructure being progressed at St Fergus by the Acorn Project.

Stephen Wheeler, Managing Director of SSE Thermal said: “CCS will play a vital role in decarbonising the flexible power generation we need to back up Scotland’s world-leading offshore wind capacity. I’m hugely proud that the projects we are developing with Equinor are of global interest, and it was a privilege to welcome Secretary Haaland to Peterhead.

"The UK has an opportunity during COP26 and beyond to showcase the progress it has made when it comes to climate action. During her visit to Peterhead, Secretary Haaland showed real interest in learning about our experience to date with offshore wind and CCS as the US Government considers the potential of these technologies.”

As part of her visit, Secretary Haaland met several young apprentices who have recently launched their careers at Peterhead Power Station, as the site looks towards a low-carbon future. In 2020, SSE became the first company to publish a Just Transition Strategy, designed to maximise the social and economic opportunities of the net zero transition, and support workers moving from high-carbon to low-carbon careers.

Secretary Haaland then travelled to Peterhead Port to learn about Scotland’s world-leading offshore wind sector.

This included an overview of Seagreen, Scotland's largest offshore wind farm, which is being constructed by SSE Renewables and TotalEnergies off the coast of Angus.