Peterhead CCS update at public exhibitions

The blue pieces show the proposed CCS development
The blue pieces show the proposed CCS development
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The second round of public exhibitions on plans for the Peterhead Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Project will take place in July and August.

Shell U.K. Limited, the developer of the project, and SSE Generation Limited, who are providing strategic support as owners of the Peterhead Power Station, will host two community exhibitions.

The blue pieces show the proposed CCS development

The blue pieces show the proposed CCS development

The first was at Boddam Village Hall on Thursday, July 17 and the other will be held at Peterhead’s Palace Hotel on Monday, July 28 from 2pm to 8pm.

Members of the public are also invited to join a tour of Peterhead Power Station on Tuesday, August 5, to see where the carbon capture facilities will be located.

Provided it goes ahead, the Peterhead scheme will be the world’s first full-scale CCS project based on a gas-fired power station.

Ten million tonnes of CO2, otherwise emitted into the atmosphere, will be captured and stored in the depleted Goldeneye gas reservoir 62 miles offshore.

Shell expects that around 350 people will be employed over the three-year construction phase of the project, with 500 people employed at its peak.

Project manager for Shell on the Peterhead CCS project, Bill Spence, said: “There will be jobs over a range of skills available and the project guarantees to keep those currently employed at Peterhead Power Station as well as adding additional members of staff”.

Shell is currently preparing a plan to look at how they can create local jobs, source local materials and use local services and facilities for the CCS project.

The tendering process for the main construction contracts will start early next year.

The public consultations are aimed at giving Buchan residents an update on the plans and further information on how Shell are working with the local community.

Through feedback recieved from the first public consultations earlier this year, Shell have more details on construction time schedules, economic development opportunites, environmental impact as well as community contributions they can make to the area.

Photomontages from selected viewpoints in the local area and a digital 3D model will be available to view at the next exhibition.

There will also be more information on the project’s onshore and offshore construction.

Mr Spence added: “We were very pleased with the interest in the project at our first series of community exhibitions in January.

“I am always impressed with how well informed people are about the project and they ask me great questions.

“Now that we are four months into our preliminary engineering we are in a position to provide more detail on how the project is likely to look and to respond to questions and feedback received.”

Call Liz Scott on 07891 315194 or email, with ‘Peterhead CCS Site Tour’ in the subject line to book a place on one of the tours.