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PSE's New gCCS System Modelling Technology Used for Shell Peterhead Project

Process Systems Enterprise (PSE), the Advanced Process Modelling company, today announced that the Shell Peterhead carbon capture and storage (CCS) project will be the first commercial UK user of its gCCS® systems modelling environment for whole-chain CCS design and operation.

As part of the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) CCS Commercialisation Competition, Shell and SSE Generation Limited are seeking to develop the world’s first full-scale energy project capturing carbon dioxide from a gas-fired power station. CO2 emissions from the Peterhead power plant will be captured and stored in the Goldeneye field.

gCCS is the world’s first process modelling environment for support of design and operating decisions across the full CCS chain, from power generation through CO2 capture, compression and transport to injection. It is specifically designed to allow developers across the chain to address issues of interaction and interoperability between different chain components.

The gCCS software will be used during the Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) study phase of the project to provide insight into the transient behaviour of the amine-based capture unit, and its effect on operations when integrated within the full system. In particular it will help to demonstrate the flexibility of the capture process design within the wider CCS chain through simulation of normal and off-design operational scenarios, and thus help reduce technology risks in this first-of-a-kind CCS project.

Alfredo Ramos, PSE’s head of Power & CCS and leader of the development, said “this is precisely the type of large-scale CCS application that gCCS was developed to support. For the first UK commercial use, we are very pleased to see it being used on such an important development.”

gCCS, launched earlier this month, is the commercially-supported product resulting from the £3m Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) funded CCS Systems Modelling Tool-kit project. The project was established to support the future design, operation and roll-out of cost-effective CCS systems in the UK and involved E.ON, EDF, Rolls-Royce, CO2DeepStore, PSE and E4tech.

gCCS is implemented on PSE’s gPROMS advanced process modelling platform, and is already used widely in universities and research consortia around the world.

About the Peterhead project

Further information: http://www.shell.co.uk/gbr/environment-society/environment-tpkg/peterhead-ccs-project.html.

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