BP is to build a plant similar to the £1 billion (US$1.95 billion) carbon-capture facility originally planned for Peterhead, Scotland, in the United Arab Emirates, Scottish media reported.
BP controversially cancelled plans to build the Peterhead plant, which would have produced clean power and created about 1000 local jobs, in May last year.
Now, the UK supermajor plans to build another carbon-capture facility in Abu Dhabi as part of its Hydrogen Energy joint venture with Rio Tinto and Masdar and backed by the Gulf State’s government, the Scotsman newspaper reported today.
Plans for the plant were announced at the World Future Energy Summit being held in Abu Dhabi. BP reportedly confirmed to the newspaper that the plant was similar to that intended for Peterhead, near Aberdeen.
Supporters of the scheme have criticised the UK government for not acting to support the building of the project in Scotland.
The Scottish National Party’s Treasury spokesman, Stuart Hosie, told the paper the loss of the project to the Gulf state was the result of government “dithering and delay”.