Energy and climate change secretary Chris Huhne formally opened the UK's first pilot carbon capture and storage (CCS) plant at the Ferrybridge power station in West Yorkshire on Wednesday 30 November. The project is a joint venture between SSE, Vattenfall, and Doosan which aims to capture 100t of carbon each day from the equivalent of 5MW of coal-fired power generating capacity. The project is part of a £125mn CCS development scheme which will run between 2012 and 2015. The £21mn project has received £6.3mn of public backing from DECC, the Technology Strategy Board, and development agency Northern Way. Chris Huhne said the Ferrybridge facility is a major part of the UK's CCS ambitions, which will reduce uncertainty surrounding the technology, drive down costs and build up the necessary skills to roll the technology out to other power plants across the country.