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Planning submitted for UK’s first commercial-scale carbon capture scheme

Creation of an energy facility to offer up to 10M.t of carbon capture in Teesside has taken a step forward this week with submission of a planning application for the UK first to the Planning Inspectorate.

The Net Zero Teesside project see the former SSI steel works site in Redcar redeveloped as the UK’s first commercial-scale operation to carbon capture, use and store (CCUS) CO2.

The facility will comprise of a new 2.1GW capacity gas-fired power station, with state-of-the art carbon capture technology, plus a pipeline to gather carbon emissions captured from other Teesside industries, which will connect to an offshore geological storage facility under the North Sea.

The project is being promoted by OGCI Climate Investments, under the name of Northern Endurance Partnership (NEP). OGCI is a CEO-led consortium that aims to accelerate the industry response to climate change and whose membership accounts for over 30% of global operated oil and gas production. Shareholders include BP, Eni, Equinor, Shell and Total.

According to NEPI, Net Zero Teesside will make significant contribution towards the UK reaching its net zero target by 2050.

Net Zero Teesside is aiming to have the facility commissioned and operational by 2026.

Speaking earlier about the project, Net Zero Teesside managing director Andy Lane said: ““Its advantageous location, advanced planning stage, the expertise of our world class project partners and government support for decarbonisation in the UK mean Net Zero Teesside is uniquely positioned to become the UK’s first decarbonised cluster. The formation of such a powerful partnership led by BP demonstrates the industry’s commitment to the UK government’s net zero targets. We’re hugely excited to see Teesside back at the forefront of UK industry and want the project to progress further.”

In addition to the Teesside facility, NEPI is also looking to develop a similar system on the Humber estuary that would also connect to the same offshore storage facility.

The Planning Inspectorate has said a decision on the Teesside application is expected on 18 June.


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