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Costain Claims UK Carbon Capture Design Contract (Int'l. Report)
Costain,Pale Blue Dot
Date: 2020-03-09
Following up on our 28th June, 2019 report, in the UK, London-headquartered construction firm Costain reports it will provide engineering design services for clean energy developer Pale Blue Dot's Acorn Carbon Capture Scheme and hydrogen project at St Fergus gas terminal.

Costain will deliver concept design and front-end engineering design support for the project to repurpose Shell's Goldeneye pipeline and field to capture CO2 emissions while using some of the existing CO2 emissions at the St Fergus gas terminal (around 340,000 tonnes) in order to commission a very large scale CO2 transport and storage infrastructure that can support much larger future volumes.

Once this detailed engineering phase is complete Pale Blue Dot hopes to reach a final investment decision in late 2021. The second phase will see full-scale production of hydrogen at a St Fergus production hub with waste CO2 pumped back into the depleted Goldeneye gas field. (Source: Costain, Construction Inquirer , 2 Mar., 2020) (Contact: Costain, Rob Phillips, Energy Sector Director, +44 20 7796 5840,; Pale Blue Dot Energy, Emma Anderson, +44 (0) 1330 826890,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Costain,  Cabon Capture,  Pale Blue Dot,  

Consortium Studying AC3 "Freezing" CCS Process (New Prod & Tech)
PMW Technology,Innovate UK
Date: 2017-09-15
At the UK's University of Sheffield UK CCS Research Centre, a consortium of academic and industrial concerns reports it is launching a 12 month month study of a significant new carbon capture process. The A3C process freezes out the carbon dioxide thus avoiding hazardous chemicals at lower energy consumption and reduced decarbonization costs in industrial-scale applications.

The techno-economic feasibility study will be based at the University of Chester's Thornton Science Park in Cheshire. The consortium comprises the Universities of Chester and Sheffield, industrial partners WSP, DNV GL and Costain. It will be led by PMW Technology, who developed the patent-pending A3C process. The work is co-funded by Innovate UK. (Source: Power Engineering, PMW Technology, GasWorld, 13 Sept., 2017)Contact: PMW Technology,; University of Sheffield, UK CCS Research Centre, +44 0 114 215 7235,; Innovate UK, +44 (0) 7766 901150,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Cabon Capture,  Innovate UK,  

"CCS Would Make Renewables, Nuclear Energy Look Cheap", says Report (Ind. Report)
Global Warming Policy Foundation
Date: 2017-07-19
"Eminent energy economist warns that carbon capture and storage will never be viable That is the stark message of Professor Gordon Hughes, Professor of Economics at the University of Edinburgh and a former adviser to the World Bank. In a new report published by the Global Warming Policy Foundation, Professor Hughes says that claims that costs will fall quickly are unlikely to be borne out in practice and even if they are, the total investment required makes CCS little more than a utopian dream.

"And even if the technology can be made to work for gas, it would come at a price that 'would make renewables and nuclear look cheap'. This is in part because of a lack of joined up policy, as Professor Hughes explains: 'Successive governments haven't thought their policies through. The focus on renewables is making CCS -- already a marginal technology -- even less viable.' A coherent strategy could reduce carbon emissions at a fraction of the current cost by switching to gas with the option to install CCS if/when it makes economic sense."

Access the full The Bottomless Pit -- The Economics of Carbon Capture and Storage report HERE, (Source: Global Warming Policy Foundation, July, 2017) Contact: Global Warming Policy Foundation, +44 2073406038,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Cabon Capture and Storage,  CO2,  Global Warming Policy Foundation,  

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