ETI seeks proposals for 'template' CCS gas plant

The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has called for help to create a "template" for a carbon capture and storage (CCS) enabled gas-fired power plant.

The organisation is inviting prospective partners to submit proposals for the plant as part of its £2 million ‘Thermal Power from CCS’ project.

Last June the ETI similarly called for proposals for a ‘phase 2’ plant, to follow on from the ‘phase 1’ demonstration plant which the government was aiming to get built via its CCS commercialisation competition. The project also involved developing a “generic business case” for plants of this kind.

However, as the competition was axed by the government in November following a spending review, the ETI has refocused its efforts to put together a generic business case.

It said the revised programme will involve “developing an outline scheme and ‘template’ power plant design” as well as “identifying potential sites and building a credible cost base for such a scheme”.

CCS programme manager Andrew Green told Utility Week: “We’re looking to get as robust a cost base as we possibly can for a project of this type. So we’re looking to develop benchmark costing against, wherever possible, projects that have been built.”

He said they were, for example, interested in the development of combined cycle gas turbine projects, both in the UK and abroad.

The ETI is inviting new bids as well as resubmissions by previous respondents. The deadline for submissions is 20 June.

Last week, the ETI released a report which claimed the cost of CCS enabled gas generation could be brought down by as much as 45 per cent in the course of building the first few full-scale plants in Britain.

Tom Grimwood

This article appeared first on edie's sister title, Utility Week


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