Michael Moore, the Secretary of State for Scotland, paid a visit to Longannet and ScotAsh today.
Mr Moore was met by Nick Horler, CEO of Scottish Power who introduced the Minister to the management team before giving a tour of the facility. During the tour the Minister was shown the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) prototype which became operational in May 2009. The prototype allows ScottishPower to collate data to better understand CCS science prior to building a full-scale plant.
The green credentials of Longannet extend beyond CCS as the ash produced as a by-product is passed to ScotAsh to manufacture high quality, sustainable construction products.
The Minister went on to visit ScotAsh where he was met by Peter Quinn, Managing Director. After meeting the team the Minister was given a guided tour of the plant where he was shown how the company has grown and the impact it has had on the construction industry - an example of which was helping ScottishPower Renewables build Black Law Windfarm to a carbon neutral standard.
Following the visit, Mr Moore said:
“It was good to see the advances made in carbon capture and storage and how ScottishPower is reducing the carbon footprint of energy generation. I was impressed to see a by-product from power generation being put to good use by the construction industry. It is innovation and research like this that will drive future change in the sector.”
ScottishPower chief executive Nick Horler, said: “We were delighted to welcome the Secretary of State to Longannet Power Station. The station is responsible for supplying electricity to approximately 1 in 4 homes in Scotland and has an important role to play in meeting our energy needs. We were pleased to be able to show the Secretary of State the important work being carried out at the station, including our pioneering carbon capture test unit.”