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.

ACT Acorn team visits St Fergus Gas Terminal

In early December 2017, members of the ACT Acorn Project Team braved the elements and visited the North Sea Midstream Partners (NSMP) facility at the St Fergus Gas Terminal in north east Scotland, north of Aberdeen. Natural gas from the North Sea is brought onshore at the terminal, which consists of three gas receiving plants that process and pass the gas onto a fourth facility, National Grid Gas, connected to the National Transmission System (NTS).