The captured CO2 would be permanently stored at Harbour’s depleted Viking gas fields in the North Sea.

By Shardul Sharma

RWE has entered into a development partnership with oil and gas producer Harbour Energy to investigate options to capture, transport and store CO2 from its gas-fired power stations in the UK, the company said on December 20.

The companies will capture, transport and store CO2 using Viking CCS, and Harbour’s CO2 transport and storage network.

RWE said it is looking at carbon capture as a viable solution to deliver decarbonised, reliable and dispatchable power stations that are in the vicinity of the proposed CO2 networks or have access to shipping facilities like Viking CCS.

The projects in development are the retrofit of the carbon capture technology at the 1.7 GW Staythorpe CCGT, near Newark and a new build H Class CCGT at an RWE owned site on the Humber. The partnership could lead to the transportation and storage of captured CO2 from these sites.

The captured CO2 would be transported to the site of the former Theddlethorpe gas terminal. It would then be transported 140 km to Harbour’s depleted Viking gas fields in the North Sea, 9,000 feet beneath the seabed, for secure permanent storage.