New carbon capture and storage database launched

The Crown Estate launched a national database of potential sites for carbon storage around the UK.

The online database is first of its kind anywhere in the world and contains geological data, storage estimates and risk assessments of nearly 600 potential CO2 storage units of depleted oil and gas reservoirs, and saline aquifers around the UK.

The Crown Estate manages the CO2 geological storage rights on the UK continental shelf and is committed to advancing the assessment and management of the offshore storage resource.

The UK is potentially well served by offshore CO2 storage and this database enables interested stakeholders to access information enabling more informed decisions related to the roll out of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) infrastructure in the UK as well as to reduce the early stage cost of offshore storage site selection.

Dr Ward Goldthorpe, Programme Manager CCS and Gas Storage said: “As an active manager of the UK seabed, we’re committed to unlocking value from this natural asset, including working with industry to develop the emerging carbon capture storage sector on the path to commercialisation.

“As part of this, we’re investing alongside the British Geological Survey to ensure the CO2 Stored website and database provides researchers, industry and other interested bodies with the best available knowledge and support the UK’s transition to a low carbon economy over the long term.”

Robert Gatliff, Director for Energy & Marine Geoscience at the British Geological Survey said: "The North Sea has the potential to develop into a major global hub for this new decarbonising technique. The release of this database is another step towards trials and commercial storage of CO2 as a contribution to tackling the effects of burning fossil fuels."

Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in local government, transport and energy issues