Centrica-controlled producer Spirit Energy will convert its depleted Morecambe Bay gas fields and the beach terminal at Barrow, in Lancashire, into a carbon storage cluster, it said January 31. The project needs regulatory approvals and a licence from the North Sea Transition Authority.
The project is expected to support thousands of highly skilled green jobs in the northwest. It will provide a multi-billion-pound investment in the local economy, promoting growth and further investment across the region.
The project has the capacity to store up to one gigatonne of CO2, which is about three years’ worth of UK CO₂ current emissions. The gas will come by pipeline or be delivered as a liquid by ship.
All the scenarios whereby the ambitious goal of the Paris Agreement is met rely heavily on capturing and using or storing CO2. The Morecambe Bay fields in Liverpool Bay were for some decades the nation’s major swing gas facilities, used to meet winter peak demand when British Gas was the monopoly supplier.