York & North Yorkshire

Call to fast-track Drax carbon storage plan

The government is being urged to fast-track plans to capture and bury carbon emissions at Drax Power Station in North Yorkshire after years of delay.

The scheme, along with one at Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, is being held back partly because of the costs involved.

The Commons energy committee is urging ministers to give the go-ahead before next year's general election.

Energy minister Michael Fallon said the UK was ahead of the rest of Europe with carbon capture.

Energy committee chairman, Conservative MP Tim Yeo, said the projects were vital in tackling climate change.

Years of delay in a "competition" launched in 2007 to provide financial support for pilot schemes has seen the estimated date for getting projects up and running slip from 2014 to 2020.

The committee said the UK could benefit from opening a "storage market" in which other countries pay to permanently store carbon dioxide in the UK's disused offshore oil and gas fields in the North Sea.

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