MEP celebrates securing funding

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A Preston MEP is celebrating his success in helping to ensure that Britain’s lights can be kept on without contributing to global warming.

The country’s first carbon capture power station looks set to be built with the help from a finance mechanism introduced by Liberal Democrat Chris Davies.

Instead of being released into the atmosphere CO2 will be piped from the plant for permanent storage in rocks deep beneath the North Sea.

Chris Davies introduced the idea for the special EU funding source back in 2008.

The MEP, known as the European Parliament’s expert in carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, said: “Carbon capture technology can allow us to continue to use oil and gas without releasing CO2 into the atmosphere.

“Making possible these funds is one of my greatest achievements as an MEP.”