On 16 May, the UK Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) presented a list of 16 companies who have signalled their interest in the £1 billion CCS competition. Companies include National Grid, Alstom, Shell and Centrica.
The UK CCS competition was relaunched on 27 March, after the first programme failed to deliver a winning entry. The strong interest shown by the 16 interested companies is seen by a DECC spokesman as a sign that “the UK is back on track with CCS”.
The companies who have expressed an interest to date are 2Co, Air Liquide, Alstom, Centrica, Costain Energy & Process, CO2 Deepstore, Doosan Power Projects, National Grid, Peel Energy, Progressive Energy, Portland Gas Storage, SEQ, Shell, SSE, SSI and Summit Power. The list is only indicative, and DECC does not expect them all to place a formal bid before the 3 July deadline.