Energy giant National Grid has successfully completed test drilling of a carbon dioxide storage site in the North Sea, describing it as a ‘major milestone’ for carbon capture and storage (CCS).
The firm said early indications are that the undersea site, 40 miles off the Yorkshire coast, is viable for storing carbon dioxide and could hold 200 million tonnes.
The site is close to a number of power stations, oil refineries and industrial plants in the Humber region, which create about a tenth of the UK’s carbon dioxide emissions.
Peter Boreham, National Grid’s director of European business development, said: “Global energy demand is likely to double in the next 20 years and CCS is the only technology that can turn high-carbon fuels into genuinely low-carbon electricity and keep costs low for consumers.
“Drilling is part of a programme which confirms our confidence that CCS will be a practical part of tomorrow’s energy mix.
“Within Europe, the UK is in a good position to lead on CCS.”