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A UK carbon storage project that would support up to 2,000 jobs and provide clean electricity to more than 630,000 homes has received a funding boost of €300m from the European Commission. The White Rose project, based at Britain’s largest coal-fired power station, the Drax plant in Yorkshire, is one of Europe’s first carbon capture & storage (CCS) projects. When built, the plant would capture around 90% of its carbon dioxide emissions, and would safely store 2m tonnes of carbon dioxide p.a. under the North Sea seabed.
NER300 is a European Commission programme that funds innovative renewable energy technology and CCS projects, and White Rose is the only CCS project in Europe to be allocated funds under the programme. The White Rose project, along with another CCS project based in Peterhead, are benefiting from around £100m from the UK Government to support design and engineering work. Both projects are eligible for the remaining £1bn of support under the CCS Commercialisation Programme.