Caroline Flint

Standing up for Don Valley.

MPs seek meeting with Secretary of State over CCS decision

Doncaster MPs are seeking a meeting with the Secretary of State for Energy over the Government's decision not to shortlist the CCS project planned for the Hatfield Colliery site.

As constituency MP for the Hatfield Colliery site, the proposed location of the Don Valley Power Project, Ed Miliband has requested a meeting with Energy Secretary, Ed Davey to seek answers as to how the Government’s shortlist of four was drawn up, and why the Don Valley Power Project was excluded.  Ed will be accompanied by Don Valley MP, Caroline Flint and Doncaster Central MP, Rosie Winterton.

Said Ed: “It is hardly surprising that projects that have been excluded want to know why.  It is essential that the Government backs only the strongest project to give the UK the best prospect of being a world leader in CCS.  I hope the Minister can answer our questions.”

Said Caroline:  “CCS is a very important technology for the UK, and for Yorkshire.  They have shortlisted four projects, without giving any reasons; without confirming the amount of funding; and without a clear timetable for completion of the projects.”

Following the Government announcement of the CCS competition shortlist, which excluded the Don Valley Power Project, led by 2CoEnergy, in a joint statement, the MPs said:

 “Obviously, this a huge blow for this project and we will be seeking answers from the Government over how this decision was reached.

“We have always believed that the Don Valley project was an exciting investment in a cutting edge technology that could make a significant impact on the emissions from electricity generation for many years to come, and be good for Doncaster.”

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