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Carbon Sequestration

Volume 459: debated on Thursday 3 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations he has received on the use of clean electricity generated using carbon capture and storage technology. (135592)

The Secretary of State has received many representations on CO2 capture and storage (CCS).

The Budget 2007 announced that a competition will take place to demonstrate CCS on a full scale power plant in the UK. Further details will be announced in May 2007 and the outcome of the competition will be announced in 2008.

The Government are aware of eight to 10 potential full-scale CCS power plant demonstrations in the UK. My officials and the Department's technical advisers have discussed plans with all the project developers on a number of occasions.