Scottish Power is the only energy firm in a position to be able to supply cheap energy carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology in the UK, according to an expert.
Professor Stuart Hazeldine, a geologist at the University of Edinburgh and an expert in CCS technologies, said Scottish Power should be given development funds from the government as the other companies in a current CCS competition are not in a position to deliver.
Proposals from E.On and RWEnpower are being considered alongside Scottish Power for £1 billion worth of funding to develop commercially-viable CCS technology.
Professor Hazeldine told the website: "Scottish Power are the only people who can deliver by 2014 now. The competition timescale has already slipped and to get it back on track the award needs to be made soon."
He criticised the lack of progress in developing CCS in Britain, saying delays have resulted in potential investors looking elsewhere.
Coal-fired power stations are likely to remain integral to the UK's infrastructure for several years to come, so the government is under pressure to develop CCS technology, which prevents carbon dioxide from leaking into the atmosphere.
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