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67 TDcroppedAs well as the technical programme and discussions in the Risk Management Network and Environmental Research Network meeting, there were also announcements on projects.

The week before there had been headline-grabbing news about one of the UK’s two CCS projects in the UK DECC Competition, that Drax were not proceeding in the White Rose project. The media took this that the project would not be able to proceed. However this was clarified by participants from National Grid at the meeting, who said that in fact the Capture Power Ltd (which includes Drax, Alstom, and BOC) and National Grid remained committed to delivery of the CCS project, and that Drax was only one of the investors. Drax itself remains committed to supporting the project up to the final investment decision (FID) and will continue to make the site and infrastructure available to the project afterwards. There was further news that National Grid’s storage site in the North Sea had now been named as “Endurance”, with the objective of being “Europe’s first CO2 Superstore”. We look forward to hearing more about Endurance!