Pipeline route is announced

AN underground pipeline carrying carbon dioxide waste from a West Yorkshire power station to undersea storage caverns will enter the North Sea at Barmston.

The National Grid announced its chosen route for the proposed buried pipeline on Tuesday.

It will initially carry carbon dioxide emissions from a proposed power project at Stainforth near Doncaster.

The underground link will help reduce carbon emissions from power stations and industrial plants as part of a Yorkshire and Humber carbon capture transportation and storage project. The scheme is expected to be put into practice by 2015.

Their preferred route, runs from Stainforth near Doncaster in a north easterly direction, crossing through open land between going south of Market Weighton, carrying on north of Hutton Cranswick and north or possibly south of North Frodingham and arriving on the coast either side of Barmston.

The captured carbon emissions will be permanently stored offshore within natural porous rock formations beneath the North Sea seabed.

The National Grid said the pipeline could be part of a larger underground grid for more plants in the region, which together produce around 60 million tons of carbon dioxide a year, to dispose of it in this way.

The corridor is approximately one kilometre wide to allow for environmental and engineering considerations on the final route of the pipeline within the corridor.

The route was selected after the National Grid held 16 public exhibitions in the summer in local venues along the corridor, including at Barmston and Fraisthorpe.

Further consultation events will take place in 2012. National Grid say it will carry out further environmental and technical studies on the preferred route corridor.

National Grid’s reports on the recent consultation events and on the preferred route corridor will be available on the project website today.

A map of the preferred route corridor can also now be viewed on the project website www.ccshumber.co.uk.