U.K., Scotland Funding Carbon-Capture, Coal-Gasification

The U.K. and Scottish governments are providing 4.2 million pounds ($6.3 million) to study the potential of a carbon-capture and storage facility and coal-gasification power plant in Scotland.

Over 18 months the project will research and assess the feasibility of a 570-megawatt coal-gasification facility and CCS unit, DECC said in a statement on its website.

“CCS could be crucial in helping us meet our ambitious climate change goals,” Ed Davey, secretary of state for energy and climate change, said. “‘‘Developing CCS more widely is vital if it’s to become cost-competitive technology.’’

CCS captures emissions from fossil-fuel power plants and buries them underground. It’s considered the only technology that would enable the continued use of dirty-power generation such as from coal. The British government is currently supporting two CCS projects through grants and subsidies.

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