Carbon Capture and Storage

Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) can play a key role in the UK economy achieving net zero – in fact, it could lead to the UK offshore oil and gas sector becoming carbon negative.

What is CCS?

CCS refers to a variety of processes which capture and store carbon dioxide emissions, generally from industrial processes. The carbon dioxide can then be transported, including via repurposed gas pipelines, and stored, for example within rock formations in the UKCS, including depleted oil and gas reservoirs.




What is the OGA’s role in CCS?

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) leads government policy on CCS and published UK carbon capture usage and storage deployment pathway: an action plan” published under the Clean Growth Strategy.

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What CCS projects are there?

The OGA has awarded three carbon dioxide (CO2) appraisal and storage licences since becoming an independent regulator:



The OGA has also consented to a licence transfer for a carbon dioxide (CO2) appraisal and storage licence:


Further detail about the licensing regime and the carbon storage public register can be viewed here.