Carbon Capture and Storage
Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) can play a key role in the UK economy achieving net zero – in fact, it could lead to the UK offshore oil and gas sector becoming carbon negative.
What is CCS?
CCS refers to a variety of processes which capture and store carbon dioxide emissions, generally from industrial processes. The carbon dioxide can then be transported, including via repurposed gas pipelines, and stored, for example within rock formations in the UKCS, including depleted oil and gas reservoirs.
Licensing and permitting authority for offshore carbon dioxide storage - NSTA issued first licence Dec18. A further two licences have also been issued
Maintain the carbon storage licence public register
Consider reuse as part of the NSTA Cessation or Production process
Consultee to OPRED, on operators' decommissioning plans
Exploring the role of C02 Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR)
Working with government and industry
Supporting government and others to identify existing infrastructure with reuse potential for carbon capture and storage or hydrogen projects
Engaging with CCS project developers
Guiding and stewarding Project Developers and applicants through NSTA processes
What CCS projects are there?
The NSTA has awarded five carbon dioxide (CO2) appraisal and storage licences since becoming an independent regulator:
Two separate licences have been issued to:
The NSTA has also consented to a licence transfer (licence CS001) for a carbon dioxide (CO2) appraisal and storage licence:
Further detail about the licensing regime and the carbon storage public register can be viewed here.