ACORN compleet CCS-systeem in Schotland

  • looptijd: 2017 - 2019
  • locatie: Liverpool,
  • functie: CO2

ACORN richt zich op de ontwikkeling van een compleet CCS-systeem in Schotland.


Acorn impact

Acorn will use the unique combination of legacy circumstances in North East Scotland to engineer a minimum viable full chain carbon capture, transport and offshore storage project to initiate CCS in the UK. The project will seek to re-purpose an existing gas sweetening plant with existing offshore pipeline infrastructure connected to a well understood offshore basin, rich in storage opportunities.

CCS is an essential technology for the mitigation of CO2 emissions from large-scale fossil fuel use and is the only decarbonisation option available for many industrial sectors. CCS is therefore also essential for competitiveness, job retention and job creation at home, nationwide and across Europe.

Acorn will involve:

  • Repurpose or rebuild an existing CO2 capture plant at the coastal St Fergus gas processing plant in NE Scotland
  • New CO2 gathering, conditioning and compression
  • An existing offshore pipeline for CO2 transportation to the central North Sea selected from a portfolio of existing gas pipelines awaiting decommissioning
  • Injection into a subsurface storage site close to the pipeline corridor using proven subsea well technology.


Phase 1 of the Acorn project will produce a mature costed plan for the full chain project worked to a feasibility level. This will provide the platform for industry, local partnerships and government to move the project forward in subsequent phases. As most of the infrastructure already exists and has already been well-evaluated, it is realistic to plan for CO2 injection to storage offshore from as early as 2021/2022.

Research and development will focus on delivering a practical and realistic design with a clear forward plan for reaching a final investment decision. It is planned the project will formulate the incorporation of an “infrastructure entity” to serve as a host for preserved assets and potentially as a National CO2 Transport and Storage operator.

Acorn will establish a strong platform from which industry, local partnerships, research organisations and government could move the project forward.


Pale Blue Dot Energy is leading the project alongside the close support of research partner Bellona and academic partners SCCS, University of Liverpool and Radboud University.

Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS)

De subsidieregeling CCUS stimuleert innovaties die:

barrières wegnemen bij CCUS-projecten; technische, economische én maatschappelijke barrières
kosten verlagen, de energie-efficiency verhogen én de veiligheid vergroten van afvang, transport en opslag van CO2
hergebruik van CO2 bevorderen
Afvang, transport en opslag van CO2 is voor Nederland kansrijk:

door de structuur van de Nederlandse energie- en industriesectoren.
de (mogelijke) toekomstige beschikbaarheid van infrastructuur en opslagmogelijkheden voor CO2.
de Nederlandse kennispositie op dit terrein.
Potentiële oplossingen worden benaderd vanuit technologisch, economisch, maatschappelijk en/of juridisch perspectief.

Subsidie: ERA-NET



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