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Goldeneye given the go-ahead for carbon storage

A review of the Goldeneye reservoir in the North Sea has confirmed that it is suitable for the storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) from an Aberdeenshire power station.

Specialists from the British Geological Survey and Heriot-Watt University undertook the independent review of reports on the use of the depleted Goldeneye gas condensate field within the Captain Sandstone reservoir as a primary storage facility.

The review was undertaken as part of the UK government’s Carbon Capture and Storage Commercialisation Programme.

The project, which is led by Shell with strategic support from SSE, proposes to capture CO2 from an existing gas-fired power-station at Peterhead in Aberdeenshire and to store this 100 km offshore in geological strata at a depth of around 2600m beneath the outer Moray Firth.

The plan is to store 10 to 15M.t of CO2 over a period of up to 15 years commencing from 2020. Additional investigation is underway to review the potential for 20M.t of storage at the site to allow for potential extension of the injection period.

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