The SNP has warned that Scotland could lose out in a competition to develop carbon capture and storage clusters with the potential to create thousands of jobs in the northeast. The UK government has pledged £1 billion to support the development of four projects utilising the technology. It could enable the production of large volumes of low-carbon blue hydrogen, made from natural gas, to fuel heavy vehicles or even to heat homes, and actively remove emissions from the atmosphere. The Scottish cluster based around the Aberdeenshire Acorn project, co-owned by Royal Dutch Shell and Harbour Energy, faces stiff competition from three clusters in England and one in Wales. Only two projects are expected to get the go-ahead in the next few months.
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