Consulting you on a cleaner future for our region
OGCI is holding this initial consultation on the Net Zero Teesside Project to provide the local community with information on its proposals, and to seek the community’s comments and views.
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DCO application process
Before the Net Zero Teesside Project can be built, OGCI needs to apply for a Development Consent Order (a ‘DCO’) from the Secretary of State (‘SoS’) for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy ‘(BEIS’) under the Planning Act 2008.
Consultation is a key part of the DCO application process. Our initial (Stage 1) consultation represents the first opportunity in the process for the local community and other stakeholders to comment upon our proposals. The DCO application process and our expected timescales for our application are summarised below.
- We are currently at the pre-application stage. Before submitting the DCO application we will carry out a further stage (Stage 2) of consultation.
- During the pre-application stage, we will engage with the local community and other stakeholders and at Stage 2 we will consult on our more developed proposals and the environmental information that has been assembled for the Net Zero Teesside Project. The comments we receive will help inform the development of our proposals and the finalisation of the DCO application.
- As required by the Planning Act 2008, we will prepare a Consultation Report showing how we have taken into account the comments received during our consultation on the Project.
- The DCO application will be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate (‘PINS’), which administers the application process for the SoS. Following submission of the application PINS will first decide, on behalf of the SoS and within a prescribed period of 28 days, whether to accept the application for examination. If accepted, PINS will then appoint an independent inspector or panel of inspectors, also known as the Examining Authority (‘ExA’), who will examine the application on behalf of the SoS.
Further details on the DCO application process can be found at: https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/application-process/the-process/
What are the aims of this consultation?
The aims of our Stage 1 Consultation are to:
- introduce the Net Zero Teesside Project and explain how a full chain CCUS project would work;
- show the areas under consideration for the various elements of the Project;
- provide details of the studies being undertaken to assess the potential environmental effects of the Project; and
- obtain feedback from the local community and other stakeholders to help inform the development of our proposals.
We recognise that early involvement of the local community, local authorities, statutory consultees and other stakeholders provides benefits for all parties, by:
- helping local people understand the potential nature and local impact of the Project;
- enabling members of the community to engage the Project by providing feedback on potential options, helping to shape the proposals and maximise local benefits;
- enabling members of the community to obtain important information about the potential economic, social and environmental impacts of the Project; and
- identifying ways in which the Project could support wider strategic or local objectives.
We intend to carry out effective and meaningful pre-application consultation as part of our strategy of preparing a robust DCO application, taking account of the issues raised during consultation.
What will we consult on?
The Stage 1 Consultation is being used to introduce Net Zero Teesside to the local community. Information is being provided regarding who we are, why the Project is being developed and what it will comprise. Across the range of consultation methods, this information will include:
- the ‘need’ for the Project and how it will contribute to the UK government’s Clean Growth Strategy and achieving ‘net zero’;
- the type of technology that may be employed;
- the proposed power station, carbon capture plant and booster station and the options being considered for the gas, electricity and water connections and CO2 pipelines;
- opportunities to connect to other power stations with and/or for carbon capture;
- initial environmental findings and the Environmental Impact Assessment (‘EIA’) work that will be undertaken;
- the timeline for the Project and key milestones; and
- how comments and feedback can be provided and the deadline for the receipt of these.
Stage 1 Consultation Display Boards
Let us have your comments
We welcome any comments you may have on the Net Zero Teesside Project and would be grateful if you could send these by any of the following methods:
Fill out the contact form below
Post: Net Zero Teesside Consultation, c/o DWD, 6 New Bridge Street, London, ECV4 6AB
Please let us have your comments no later than 19th November 2019.
There will be further opportunities to comment on our proposals as we develop these.
What happens next?
The comments and responses received during the Stage 1 consultation will be used to inform our proposals as our technical and environmental studies progress.
The project website will be updated regularly throughout the pre-application stage. If you are looking for information as to how the Net Zero Teesside Project is progressing, this will be the best place to start.
Our Stage 2 consultation will commence early in 2020 where we will provide information regarding our more developed proposals and, where relevant, the preferred options for the Project. We will publicise those events closer to the time.
Leave your comments by filling in the below contact form. You can also sign up to receive email updates on the project by ticking the box.