Carbon Capture & Storage – Net Zero Teesside and Northern Endurance Partnership
Net Zero Teesside (NZT) and Northern Endurance Partnership (NEP) projects aim to deliver a world first gas-fired power station with carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) and decarbonize a range of carbon-intensive businesses across Teesside, creating what would be the UKs first net-zero carbon industrial cluster by as early as 2030. CCUS describes a group of process technologies that remove carbon dioxide emissions and store them deep underground, preventing them from being released into the atmosphere – CCUS at a glance
A consortium of five international energy companies – BP, Eni, Equinor, Shell and Total – have taken on leadership roles in the Net Zero Teesside project, with BP leading as operator. Working in partnership with local industry and with committed, world class partners, the Project plans to capture up to 10 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions, the equivalent to the annual energy use of over 3 million UK homes.
Carbon intensive industry currently accounts for around one quarter of UK emissions, with more than two thirds coming from a small number of energy intensive industries. Being home to a large section of the UK’s carbon-intensive industries, Teesside currently ranks as the country’s second most carbon emitting region, accounting for 5.6% of emissions. This needs to be addressed, and NZT and NEP can play a vital role in decarbonising these heavy industries and supporting the UK’s green future. The Committee on Climate Change (CCC), one of the UK’s most authoritative voices on carbon policy, has repeatedly stressed that carbon capture is a necessity, not an option, in achieving the UK Government’s net zero 2050 target. NZT and NEP can contribute to both the environmental and economic health of the North East region. The project’s development represents a major infrastructure investment for Teesside, with estimations by Vivid Economics calculating an annual gross benefit of up to £450 million and up to 5,500 direct jobs. Importantly, by decarbonising the hard-to-abate industries located in Teesside’s industrial cluster, the carbon capture infrastructure of NEP can safeguard between 35% – 70% of existing industry jobs in the region as well as contribute to the development of local skills.