To ask Her Majesty's Government where their four pilot carbon capture and storage plants are situated; what stage of development they have reached; and when they expect to produce measurable results to evaluate the cost and practicality of carbon capture and storage technology. [HL2330]
There are two projects bidding into the current CCS Demonstration Project competition that was launched in 2007. The proposed locations for the projects are Kingsnorth in Kent, by the E.on consortium, and Longannet in Fife, by the Scottish Power consortium.
Separately, we plan to commence a process for selecting a further three CCS demonstration projects later this year and for that process to complete in 2011. The location of these additional projects will not be known until much later in the process.
We expect to make an announcement shortly about which bidder or bidders will be taken forward to the Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) stage in the current competition.
Our ambition is to see CCS ready for wider deployment from 2020 and for any new coal plant constructed from then to be fully CCS from day one.