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Climate change: plan to capture, ship and bury power station's CO2

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🗞️ Driving the news: A new initiative aims to capture carbon emissions from Pembroke power station, one of Europe's largest gas power plants, and transport them via undersea pipes for burial at sea
• This project seeks to link the station with a liquified natural gas (LNG) terminal across the Milford Haven estuary, introducing a novel industry for shipping CO2 from Wales

🔭 The context: The plan involves significant construction work across a protected marine habitat, sparking debate among environmentalists
• RWE, the station's operator, proposes carbon capture and storage (CCS) as a solution to allow the power station to operate without exacerbating climate change, alongside new hydrogen production facilities

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: This project represents a critical step towards decarbonizing one of Wales' major CO2 emitters
• By capturing up to 5 mega tonnes of emissions by 2035, it aims to significantly reduce the environmental impact of energy production
• However, critics argue the focus should be on renewable energy sources rather than sustaining gas power

⏭️ What's next: The ambitious goal is to have the CO2 shipping scheme operational before 2030, with preliminary engineering studies already underway
• This project is part of a larger vision to decarbonize industrial sectors across South Wales, potentially preserving and creating thousands of jobs while addressing climate change

💬 One quote: "As well as an environmental responsibility there's a socio-economic responsibility to grow these green jobs and skills in the south Wales area," (Eleri Morgan, a process engineer at Pembroke power station)

📈 One stat: Pembroke power station has the capacity to power four million homes, making it a significant energy producer and CO2 emitter in Wales

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