Carbon Capture and Storage

Energy and Climate Change – in the House of Commons at 10:30 am on 8th April 2010.

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Photo of Jeff Ennis Jeff Ennis Labour, Barnsley East and Mexborough 10:30 am, 8th April 2010

What progress has been made in the establishment of a carbon capture and storage demonstration plant in South Yorkshire.

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Photo of Joan Ruddock Joan Ruddock Minister of State (Department of Energy and Climate Change)

The European Commission and Powerfuels Power Ltd have signed a contract awarding a grant of €180 million from the European energy programme for recovery for the first phase of the Hatfield integrated gasification combined cycle-IGCC-and carbon capture and storage project.

The Government have announced that the Yorkshire and Humber region will be the first low-carbon economic area for CCS with the aim of facilitating investment in CCS and promoting business opportunities in the region.

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Photo of Jeff Ennis Jeff Ennis Labour, Barnsley East and Mexborough

I thank the Minister for that very positive reply. The development of coal power stations with equipment to provide CCS is essential to the future of this country. Does my hon. Friend agree that, with its rich heritage in heavy engineering and innovation, South Yorkshire is well placed to lead the world in the development of CCS?

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Photo of Joan Ruddock Joan Ruddock Minister of State (Department of Energy and Climate Change)

As I understand that my hon. Friend is standing down, may I first pay tribute to all the work he has done in the House, particularly on behalf of his communities and in the interests of miners? He is, of course, absolutely right that his area has historically been very dependent on mining industries, and it has a great future as there are so many skills and technology capabilities that can make it a world-leading centre for the very impressive carbon capture and storage technology, which is being pioneered in this country with Government support, and for which, if we pass the Energy Bill this afternoon, there will be a financial support system that will be the very best in the world.

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