Residents get chance to view Peterhead carbon capture plans at meetings

Peterhead Power Station
Peterhead Power Station

Residents across the north-east are being offered the chance to view plans to build a world-leading green energy scheme in the region.

A series of public exhibitions will be held over the next two weeks on proposals to develop carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology at Peterhead power station.

The events will take place at venues in Boddam, Peterhead, Cruden Bay, Fraserburgh and Aberdeen.

The multimillion-pound project – led by energy giants Shell and SSE – would create the world’s first full-scale CCS project at a gas-fired power station.

A total of 10 million tonnes of harmful CO2 would be captured at the site over a decade, preventing it from entering the atmosphere.

Instead, it would be stored in a depleted North Sea gas field 62 miles offshore.

The scheme is poised to win a share of a £1billion UK Government CCS fund and could be up and running within six years.

It would create hundreds of jobs during the construction phase.

Paul Garnham, Shell’s project manager for the Peterhead CCS Project, said: “The project clearly still has a long way to go, but we want to share our plans with the local communities at an early stage to allow them several opportunities to provide us with feedback as we progress.

“We have chosen five venues which are accessible and central in the communities closest to Peterhead, with a sixth event in Aberdeen to cater for broader interest in the project.

“We hope that as many people as possible will take this first opportunity to get some detail on the project, to ask questions and to provide feedback on what we propose.”

The first exhibition will be held from 2-8pm on Wednesday, January 8, at Boddam Public Hall.

The next is due to be held on Monday, January 13 at the same time at the Palace Hotel in Peterhead, before the exhibition moves to Cruden Bay village hall on January 14, and Fraserburgh Community and Sports Centre the following day.

On January 16, the plans will go on show at the Hilton DoubleTree in Aberdeen, and then they move back to Peterhead the following day, at the Hotspot, from 10am-4pm.