‘World first’ Carbon capture pipeline design contact awarded


Wood Group Kenny will design the landfall aspects of the project at Peterhead power station (pictured)

The world’s first full scale gas carbon capture and storage project has taken a major step forward with award of the front end engineering and design contract for the subsea pipeline part of the project at Peterhead, Scotland.


Wood Group Kenny, part of major energy services provider Wood Group, has been awarded the contract for the Peterhead Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) project, which will involve 80 engineers in its London and Aberdeen offices.


Another CCS project is being developed in Yorkshire, the White Rose Project, which will capture carbon from Drax power station and take it by pipeline for undersea storage. Both projects are in line for support under the government’s £1,000M CCS commercialisation competition.


The government is backing the projects to help the UK become a world leader in cost effective CCS technology and associated infrastructure, and to boost its plans for decarbonisation in the energy and general industrial sectors.


The Peterhead project is being developed by Shell and electricity company SSE. The scheme will capture up to one million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions a year from a power station for transport to a depleted gas reservoir about 2 kilometres under the seabed and 100 kilometres off the north east coast of Scotland.


Up to 500,000 homes will be provided with ‘clean’ energy by the Peterhead project, claimed to be equivalent to the domestic power needs of Edinburgh and Glasgow combined.


Under the contract Wood Group Kenny contract will have six months to design the landfall aspects of the project at Peterhead power station, and a new export pipeline to a subsea tie in with the existing depleted Goldeneye reservoir pipeline. Other work will include developing a new subsea intervention valve, control system and tie in spools.


Over 20 front end engineering and design contracts have now been let on the two CCS projects. Shell expects to create up to 150 jobs during the construction of the Peterhead project, with 30 permanent jobs.


Photo courtesy of SSE