Alan James of Pale Blue Dot (left) with UK Energy Minister Claire Perry and Scotland's Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse at the Accelerating CCUS Conference

UK Energy Minister Claire Perry and Scotland’s Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse tested their carbon storage skills in a game of skittles at an international conference held in Edinburgh last week.

The “CO2 Storage Skittle Challenge” was developed by Pale Blue Dot to attract delegates at the global Accelerating CCUS conference to the Acorn CCS Project stand. Each of the nine skittles represented 10 million tonnes of CO2 stored, which competitors had to try and topple in three shots.

How time flies. Exactly one year ago, the ACT Acorn team were in Peterhead for our project kick-off meeting, forming connections and planning the work ahead.

The St Fergus Gas Terminal occupies a windswept stretch of coastline in north-east Scotland, where natural gas has come ashore since the 1970s. The facility six miles north of the port town of Peterhead is the landing point for several offshore pipelines, which bring around a quarter of all the UK’s gas onshore.

A north-east project could be the “stepping point” to begin large-scale use of technology to reduce carbon emissions in the UK, according to its manager.

Alan James is the managing director of Pale Blue Dot Energy, the firm behind the Acorn carbon capture and storage (CCS) project at the St Fergus gas terminal near Peterhead.

On 28 and 29 June, our ACT Acorn colleagues from the University of Liverpool were in celebration mode during their LivRockDef15 meeting, organised to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Liverpool Rock Deformation Laboratory, founded by Professor Daniel Faulkner.