The Viking and Scottish Cluster/Acorn CCS schemes have been confirmed as ‘Track 2’ projects in the UK government’s ‘cluster sequencing’ process, meaning they can move to the FEED (front end engineering and design) phase and discussions with the government over the terms of the economic licences, ahead of final investment decisions.

Previously, in November 2021, HyNet and the East Coast Cluster were named as ‘Track 1’projects, which are intended for earlier deployment than envisaged for Track 2 schemes.

The Viking CCS cluster project, a joint venture of Harbour Energy and BP, is centred on industrial and power generation facilities in the Humber region of the UK. It would employ the depleted Viking gas field for CO2 sequestration.

The Scottish Cluster/Acorn project is described as “benefiting from the collective expertise of Storegga, Shell UK, Harbour Energy and North Sea Midstream Partners.”

The Scottish Cluster is a collection of industrial, power and hydrogen businesses in the Central Belt and North-East of Scotland, while Acorn is a proposed CO2 transportation and sequestration system that, like Viking, plans to make use of legacy oil and gas infrastructure.

Image: Peterhead power plant with CCS, potentially part of the Scottish cluster