The energy company SSE could build four gas-fired power stations fitted with carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology in Britain within a decade, its chief executive has said. Alistair Phillips-Davies said he saw significant opportunities to expand into “flexible” low-carbon generation to complement the company’s growing offshore and onshore wind business. The FTSE 100 power and networks group, based in Perth, is a lead sponsor of this year’s COP26 climate talks in Glasgow. However, its role has been criticised because it operates gas-fired power stations and is building another, Keadby 2, in north Lincolnshire. In an interview with The Times, Phillips-Davies said that SSE intended to decarbonise its gas generation arm by turning it into a CCS and hydrogen business. He vowed it would not “build any other gas plant in the UK unless they’re abated, or running on hydrogen” and said that Keadby 2 could be retrofitted, initially with carbon capture technology and later hydrogen. SSE wants to build Britain’s first power station equipped with carbon capture at Keadby 3. He said other new plants could be built at sites at Medway in Kent, Ferrybridge in West Yorkshire and Peterhead in Aberdeenshire.
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