Oil Companies Granted Licences To Store Carbon Under the North Sea

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Oil firms have been granted licences by the UK authorities that it hopes will allow them to retailer as much as 10% of the UK’s carbon emissions in previous oil and gasfields beneath the seabed. From a report: The federal government awarded greater than 20 North Sea licences protecting an space the scale of Yorkshire to 14 firms that plan to retailer carbon dioxide trapped from heavy trade in depleted oil and gasfields. The businesses embody the oil supermajor Shell, Italy’s state-owned oil firm ENI, and Harbour Vitality, the biggest impartial oil and gasoline firm working within the UK’s North Sea basin.

The trade’s government-backed regulator, the North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA), claims the businesses might assist retailer as much as 30m tonnes of CO2 a yr by 2030, or roughly 10% of UK annual emissions. The plan to develop previous oil and gasfields into huge repositories of CO2 is a part of the federal government’s plan to develop a carbon seize and storage (CCS) trade to scale back emissions from heavy trade getting into the ambiance and contributing to world heating. Stuart Payne, the NSTA’s chief govt, stated: “Carbon storage will play an important function within the vitality transition, storing carbon dioxide deep underneath the seabed and enjoying a key function in hydrogen manufacturing and vitality hubs.”

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