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UK CCS Commercialisation Programme

Brief description:

The UK government's Department of Energy and Climate Chance (DECC) announced a new £1billion CCS Commercialisation Programme in April 2012, open to both gas and coal-fired power plants and aimed at supporting one or more commercial-scale demonstration project by the 2020s.

At the same time, DECC released the UK's first CCS Roadmap, as well as a commitment to long-term support for CCS initiatives, "subject to affordability", through its low-carbon Contracts for Difference. The department also pledged £125 million for research and development, including a new UK CCS Research Centre.

DECC closed the competition to bids in early July 2012 and in October 2012 issued a shortlist of four full-chain CCS projects - namely, Teesside and White Rose (NE CCS Cluster), Peterhead and Captain Clean Energy. A final decision on funding is expected in early 2013. The first competition, announced in 2007, collapsed when the government failed to reach a financing deal with the one remaining finalist – Longannet – for the ₤1 billion grant on offer.

More about the DECC's programme to support CCS as part of UK's energy policy here.