Carbon Dioxide Storage

Trade and Industry written question – answered on 16th October 2006.

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Photo of Mark Lancaster Mark Lancaster Conservative, North East Milton Keynes

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what studies he has carried out to assess the feasibility of storing carbon dioxide in the sea-bed in British waters.

Photo of Malcolm Wicks Malcolm Wicks Minister for energy, Department of Trade and Industry

In 2002 DTI commissioned a review study of the feasibility of carbon dioxide capture and storage in the UK.

One of the findings of the study showed that the UK has access to substantial carbon dioxide storage capacity in the North Sea. These storage sites were associated with deep saline aquifers and depleted oil and gas fields.

The report of the study can be found at http://www.dti.gov.uk/energy/sources/sustainable/carbon-abatement-tech/c02capture/page19316.html

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