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The case for re-using infrastructure for CO2 transport and storage

As major oil and gas fields mature and new discoveries become limited, many companies decide to decommission their offshore assets, such as platforms, wells, and pipelines. The North Sea has, in recent years, seen an increase in decommissioning activities, costing around £800 million (€900m) in 2014 and £1.1 billion (€1.4bn) in 2015. These activities are estimated to cost around £47bn (€53bn) overall by 2050, with an uncertainty of +/- 40% (Oil & Gas Authority, 2016). Given the current structure of the UK tax regime, much of these costs are ultimately born by the taxpayer.

Branching out with Acorn

On 1 May I started my very own energy transition. There was no drastic fuel switching, just focus switching, as I moved from working on public and community engagement for carbon capture and storage (CCS) at the Global CCS Institute to become the latest recruit at Pale Blue Dot Energy.

Having worked with CCS for nearly a decade, I no longer get particularly phased by talk of ‘challenges’, but day one of the new job and I came across a new one.

"Kirsty, we’ve put you down to host a webinar on the ACT Acorn project" – interesting…

New horizons for the North Sea: a fresh approach to discussing CCS with society

Twitter made interesting reading this morning. 250 job losses in the North Sea. Exploration very low – but efficiency improving. Someone at a business breakfast Tweeting a picture of a pastry and reporting an air of optimism. It is clear there are a range of views on what comes next for the North Sea, but whatever comes next will happen in a place – north-east Scotland - and have an effect on the people who live and work there.

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