Westminster ‘must end dithering’ on development of CCS says Stevenson

INDECISION at Westminster must not be allowed to again put the development of CCS projects at risk, as a key European deadline looms to access a 1.5 billion Euros pot of funding.

The UK government was given until the end of October to confirm whether it would help to fund companies competing for the European funding, a key requirement to enable access to the money. However, with the deadline looming, no confirmation had been forthcoming from the government.

A proposed CCS installation at Peterhead Power Station by Shell and SSE is one of the projects in the running for UK Government funding, however it has already been let down twice by Westminster as dithering and indecision saw previous backers pull out in 2007.

Commenting, local SNP MSP Steweart Stevenson said: “Westminster has a deplorable track record when it comes to encouraging the development of CCS technologies, but it must not allow this deadline to simply pass it by.

“There is a substantial pot of European funding that Peterhead Power Station could gain access to with the right support. History cannot be allowed to repeat itself, as Westminster throws jobs out the window through its dithering..”