Net Zero Teesside is a cluster of industrial, power and hydrogen businesses which aim to decarbonize their operations through the deployment of carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS).
Up to 10 million tonnes of CO2 each year – equivalent to the emissions associated with the annual energy use of around 3 million homes in the UK – will be transported to the coast, and onwards to safe, secure offshore storage in the Endurance carbon store in the southern North Sea.
Teesside is a region in the north of England with a proud industrial heritage and home to a diverse cluster of industrial, power and hydrogen companies who together account for around 5.6% of all UK emissions. These businesses employ thousands of people and are united by a common challenge – the need to decarbonize their operations to help the UK reach net zero by 2050.
The geographically compact nature of Teesside’s industrial cluster, its proximity to ideal offshore CO2 storage sites, together with strong public and political support for these industries, makes Teesside a prime location to decarbonize industry and power and kick start the hydrogen economy using Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS).
Net Zero Teesside is enabled by the Northern Endurance Partnership – the company that will deliver a CO2 pipeline network that will enable captured CO2 from these businesses to be transported to the coast, and onwards to safe, secure offshore storage.
The Northern Endurance Partnership also enables the East Coast Cluster – a collaboration between Net Zero Teesside and Zero Carbon Humber – by providing the common infrastructure needed to transport and store CO2 from emitters in the Humber as well as Teesside.
Carbon Capture Projects on Teesside
Key projects include the proposed Net Zero Teesside Power Station (NZT Power) which will be the UK’s first commercial scale gas fired power station with CCUS.
NZT Power is a joint venture between bp, Equinor and Total – with bp leading as operator.
Net Zero Teesside Power is a key component of the Net Zero Teesside vision, providing dispatchable low carbon power which will enable and compliment increasing renewable energy deployment by providing low carbon power to back up intermittent forms of renewable energy such as wind and solar.
The proposals for Net Zero Teesside Power, which have been submitted to the Planning Inspectorate, also include the Northern Endurance Partnership’s CO2 compression facilities, crucial to enable captured CO2 from other businesses on Teesside to be converted to liquid form, before onward transportation to the Endurance store.
In addition to Net Zero Teesside Power, there is a diverse range of existing and proposed businesses who are committed to decarbonizing their operations, and can access the common infrastructure being developed by the Northern Endurance Partnership which will allow the capture and transportation of CO2 from their operations to secure offshore storage in the North Sea.
Net Zero Teesside Power, H2 Teesside, Kellas, Suez, CF Fertilizers, 8 Rivers, TVERF and BOC are the Teesside based businesses that form part of the East Coast Cluster, which aims to become operational by as early as 2026.
Other businesses on Teesside including Alpek, Ensus, MGT, Anglo American, NSMP and Venator are also working with the Northern Endurance Partnership to explore the potential to utilize the CO2 transportation and storage infrastructure at a later date.
Consulting the community on a cleaner future for our region
We carried out several stages of consultation on the Net Zero Teesside proposals between Autumn 2019, when we introduced the Project to the local community, and the latest update consultation in January 2021.
After each stage we reviewed the comments received from the local community and other stakeholders, and undertook further work.
In summer 2021 we submitted the Development Consent Order (‘DCO’) application to the Planning Inspectorate (‘PINS’), a Government agency that administers the application process on behalf of the SoS. On 16 August 2021 PINS formally accepted the application for examination. Read on to find out more about how our DCO application will be examined and how you can remain involved in the delivery of a cleaner future for our region.
You can find out more about our consultation activities below.