Route of proposed carbon dioxide capture pipe announced

The proposed pipeline would cross the coastline at Barmston, East Yorkshire

 National Grid has announced the proposed route of a pipe to pump greenhouse gases into the North Sea.

The 40-mile (64km) long underground pipeline would carry liquid carbon dioxide waste from a power station and store it in porous rocks off the Holderness coast.

The company said the route was drawn up after a consultation process involving local residents over the summer.

If approved, construction work would start in 2014.

The pipe would stretch from a power station near Doncaster and pass under Market Weighton before crossing the coastline at Barmston.

National Grid said the pipe would be 3ft (90cm) wide, but it had planned a corridor approximately 1km wide to allow for environmental and engineering considerations on the final route of the pipeline.

‘Catalyst for jobs’

Initially, the the pipeline would carry the carbon dioxide emissions from the planned Don Valley Power Project at Staniforth, near Doncaster.

The developers hope that other local facilities producing carbon dioxide emissions, such as the Scunthorpe steel works, could also be connected in the future.

Local energy companies are supporting the scheme as a way of meeting European Union targets for greenhouse gases.

Peter Emery, from the Drax power station near Goole, said the development could act as a catalyst for jobs in the region.

He said: “If this scheme comes to fruition on the Humber the jobs picture will be transformational. A lot of infrastructure to be put in plants would then be built.

“Then longer term once the infrastructure is in place you’d then have a hub for low-carbon, carbon capture type projects and applications.”