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Carbon Capture and Storage appointment

Patrick Dixon has been appointed as Expert Chair of the Office of Carbon Capture and Storage in the Department of Energy and Climate Change for a two-year period.

Energy minister Charles Hendry said: “I am delighted that Patrick Dixon has been recruited to this important post.

“Patrick has significant relevant experience in the energy industry and I am very confident that he will make a major contribution working in partnership with Government and Industry to take forward the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) agenda.”

The OCCS Expert Chair will be responsible for providing strategic and expert guidance to ministers, DECC’s Departmental Board and officials on OCCS objectives.

Industry and the wider CCS community, together with government, will jointly play a crucial role in bringing CCS to cost competitive deployment. The Expert Chair will provide valuable independent expertise to inform and drive forward the government’s CCS programme.

Mr Dixon said: “I am pleased to be taking up this post and working alongside the OCCS team. I am very much looking forward to helping secure the development and delivery of CCS in the UK and elsewhere.”

The appointment was announced today at an event with industry to discuss the next steps in the CCS programme.