UK to Invest £4.2 million in Feasibility Studies for CCS in Grangemouth
Despite current upstream issues affected by job cuts and looming strikes, the United Kingdom continues investments in the energy sector, reiterating its commitment to support Carbon-Capture-Storage (CCS) technologies on Friday.
Secretary of State Ed Davey said that the British and Scottish Government will provide £4.2 million for research and feasibility work for the proposed CCS power station in Grangemouth, Scotland.
“Carbon Capture and Storage could be crucial in helping us meet our ambitious climate change goals. The UK is one of the world’s frontrunners in this sector and the UK Government is leading Europe with its support of the two competition projects at Peterhead in Scotland and White Rose in Yorkshire” Davey commented, referring to the work commissioned to US Summit Power Group for the Caledonia Clean Energy Project.
The British government contributed with £1.7 million, while the Scottish Government supplied the rest.
Also on Friday, the GMB Association confirmed that its members supported an official ballot for strike action in a dispute over changes to working conditions for personnel covered by the Offshore Contractors Agreement (OCA) in UK waters.
“The vote quite clearly demonstrates the anger and frustration of our members employed in the offshore industry. Members are prepared to strongly oppose the changes from clients and contractors” Dave Hulse, GMB National Officer, wrote in a note.