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Captain Clean Energy Project

Brief description:


Country: United Kingdom

Project type: Capture Storage

Scale: Large

Status: Identified

Year of operation 2018
Industry: Coal Power Plant

New or retrofit: New
Transport of CO2 by: Pipeline

Storage site:

Captain aquifer, Central North Sea

Type of storage: Depleted oil field


A consortium of Summit Power, National Grid and Petrofac have developed plans for a new coal-fired power plant incorporating full-chain, commercial-scale CCS at Grangemouth, on the Firth of Forth. Summit will draw on its experiences developing the Texas Clean Energy Project, which is further advanced.

Capturing around 90% of its CO2 emissions, the IGCC plant will generate low-carbon electrictricty and produce hydrogen gas for commercial use. National Grid Carbon will transport the captured CO2 by pipeline to the St Fergus terminal at Peterhead, where CO2DeepStore - a Petrofac subsidiary - will store it in depleted reservoirs - an Agreement for Lease (AfL) is being finalised with the Crown Estate for the storage of CO2 within the Captain aquifer in the Central North Sea.

The partners have selected the site due to its proximity to existing gas supply facilities and pipelines, and the benefits of being relatively close to sequestration sites under the North Sea. There is also the potential for the gas to be sold for use in EOR projects. First injection is provisionally planned for 2018.

The project has been shortlisted for the UK Government's £1 billion CCS Commercialisation Programme, and the consortium is now in negotiations with the Department of Energy and Climate Change before a final decision is made - now expected in 2013. The project was also given government support for its bid to secure funding from the European Union's NER300 fund but the first round ended with no CCS projects selected for awards.


The partners have expressed interest in the UK’s relaunched £1 billion CCS competition, the UK CCS Commercialisation Programme and have been shortlisted, though a final decision is still awaited.


Ray Vincenzo, Summit Power,, 001 (206) 290-4431
Graham McQuarrie, National Grid Carbon,, 0044 (1926) 655273,
GolinHarris, Petrofac (UK),

More information and press releases

Captain needs to win UK CCS funding to move forward, 25 January 2013

UK CCS competition shortlist, 30 October 2012

Central North Sea CCS Storage Hub report, September 2012
CO2DeepStore PR, 20 March 2012










Companies involved