Central North Sea - CO2 Storage Hub: Enabling CCS Deployment in the UK and Europe

R Stuart Haszeldine, Scottish Enterprise

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


Carbon Capture & Storage is widely recognised as a vital technology which will play a significant role in the generation of low carbon electricity. CCS has the potential to reduce the carbon emissions of fossil fuelled power stations by as much as 90% as well as offering the only realistic solution to heavy industrial emitters such as steel mills, petrochemical refineries and cement manufacturing plants. When it comes to making CCS a reality, the UK has an unmoveable and unique advantage. Nowhere else in the EU is as close to the geologically near-perfect, and technically diverse, sub-surface CO2 storage sites available within Central North Sea. Deep beneath the waters of the Moray Firth, the Captain Sandstone alone has already been shown to have enough capacity to safely store the next fifty years of emissions from UK fossil fuelled power plant. Nearby, another ten reservoirs can easily hold one hundred years worth of Europe’s CO2 emissions.
Original languageEnglish
Commissioning bodyScottish Enterprise
Number of pages24
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2012


  • carbon capture and storage
  • CCS
  • CO2
  • carbon dioxide
  • Central North Sea (CNS)
  • UK Continental Shelf (UKCS)
  • fossil fuels
  • low-carbon
  • decarbonisation


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