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We carried out our Stage 1 Consultation on Net Zero Teesside in Autumn 2019, when we introduced the Project to the local community. Following Stage 1, we progressed a number of technical and environmental assessments and studies to help develop our proposals. From the end of June through to mid-September 2020, we then consulted people on our more development proposals (our Stage 2 Consultation).
Since the close of Stage 2 we have reviewed the comments received from the local community and other stakeholders and undertaken further work. This has resulted in some changes to the Project, notably the extent of the Project Site. In December 2020 we updated and consulted key stakeholders, including landowners, on those changes and in January 2021 we provided an update on the Project to the local community. The information provided to update people can be found here.
DCO application process
Net Zero Teesside is a ‘Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project’ under section 35 of the Planning Act 2008 (the ‘PA 2008’). Before the onshore elements for the Project can be built, we need to apply for development consent from the Secretary of State (‘SoS’) for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (‘BEIS’) under Section 37 of the PA 2008. Development consent is granted in the form of a ‘Development Consent Order’ (a ‘DCO’). The offshore elements of the Project will be subject to separate consent applications.
Consultation is a key part of the DCO process and it is a statutory requirement of the PA 2008 (Section 47) to consult people living within the vicinity of the development being proposed and to take their views into account (Section 49) in preparing the application for development consent. The application must be accompanied by a consultation report detailing what has been done to consult the local community (and other stakeholders and interested persons) and how people’s views have been taken into account. The DCO process and our expected timescales for our application are summarised below.
- We are currently at the pre-application stage. We carried out our initial (Stage 1) consultation on the Net Zero Teesside in Autumn 2019. From the end of June to mid-September 2020, we carried out our Stage 2 Consultation. This provided information on our more developed proposals.
- Since the close of Stage 2 we have reviewed the comments received and undertaken further work. This has resulted in some changes to the Project, notably the extent of the Project Site. In December 2020 we updated and consulted key stakeholders, including landowners, on those changes and in January 2021 we provided an update on the Project to the local community. A Consultation Report detailing what has been done to consult people and how their views have been taken into account will be prepared and form part of the application for development consent.
- Following completion of the Consultation Report, Environmental Statement and other application documents, we will submit the application for development consent to the Planning Inspectorate (‘PINS’), a Government agency that administers the application process on behalf of the SoS. We anticipate submitting the application in Quarter 2 2021. On receiving the application, PINS has 28 days to decide whether to accept it for examination. If the application is accepted by PINS, we must publicise that decision and provide details of how people can register to be involved in the application process and a date by which they must do this.
- PINS then appoints an independent inspector or panel of inspectors, also known as the Examining Authority (‘ExA’), who will examine the application on behalf of the SoS. The examination must be completed within a period of six months. Within three months of the end of the examination, the ExA must produce and submit a recommendation report to the SoS. The SoS then has three months to decide whether to grant a DCO.
- If our application is submitted in Quarter 2 2021, we would expect to receive a decision from the SoS in the second half of 2022.
Further details on the DCO application process can be found at the PINS website: https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/application-process/the-process/
What have been the aims of our consultation?
We recognise that the involvement of the local community, local authorities, statutory consultees and other stakeholders provides benefits for all parties. The key aims of our consultation have been to:
- help the local community and other stakeholders understand all the elements of Net Zero Teesside, and the role of CCUS in decarbonising the economy and tackling greenhouse gas emissions;
- provide appropriate information so that people can learn about the potential economic, social and environmental effects of the Project on Teesside;
- provide opportunities for people to give feedback on the Project and shape the proposals and maximise local benefits;
- identify ways in which Net Zero Teesside could support wider strategic or local objectives; and
- show how feedback has been taken into account in finalising the proposals and the application for development consent.
What did we consult on at Stage 2?
Our Stage 2 Consultation provided information on our more developed proposals, in particular:
- the decisions made about the locations, route corridors, design and layout of the onshore elements on Net Zero Teesside;
- the potential effects of the construction and operation of the Project, including the duration of the construction programme;
- the findings of the environmental work undertaken, presented in a Preliminary Environmental Information Report with Non-Technical Summary; and
- the proposals for avoiding, minimising and/or mitigating any likely environmental effects of the Project.
We received just over 100 completed Feedback Forms and around 90 emails (setting out comments) from the local community in response to Stage 2. The responses received show that the local community is supportive of Net Zero Teesside as a means to tackle climate change, while the majority of people felt that Teesside was an appropriate location for the Project and that it would support jobs and investment in the area.
What has changed since Stage 2?
The main changes that have been made to Net Zero Teesside since Stage 2 are summarised below:
- Number of Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) units within the gas-fired power station: for the first phase of the Project the decision has been taken to proceed with a single CCGT unit of up to 840 megawatts electrical rather than up to three CCGT units. This decision has been made in order to demonstrate to Government that carbon capture technology can be successfully applied to a commercial scale CCGT unit before investment decisions are made on adding a second or third unit.
- Reduction in the extent of the Power, Capture and Compression (PCC) Site: as a result of the decision to proceed with a single CCGT unit, the extent of the PCC Site (occupying part of the former SSI steel works site) has been reduced (excluding land that will be required temporarily for construction) from approximately 60 hectares to 40 hectares in area.
- Reduction in the extent of and number of options for connection corridors: further assessment work has been undertaken to narrow and reduce the extent of the various connection corridors required for the Project (e.g., gas, water, electrical and CO2 gathering and export) and a number of options have also now been removed.
- Inclusion of some additional land: the further assessment work has also highlighted the need to include a number of additional areas of land within the Project Site to facilitate the various connections.
A comparison plan illustrating the above changes to the Project Site boundary made since the Stage 2 Consultation can be viewed here.
The changes that have been made to the Project are expected to reduce its potential environmental effects from those presented in the Preliminary Environmental Information Report provided as part of the Stage 2 Consultation. The predicted environmental effects of the Project will be further assessed and reported within an Environmental Statement that will form part of the DCO application.
January 2021 Community Update Newsletter
Click below to view and download the January 2021 Community Update Newsletter.
December 2020 Section 42 Update Consultation documents
Click below to view and download the December 2020 Section 42 Update Consultation documents.
Stage 1 Consultation documents
The Stage 1 Consultation materials are available below.
Stage 2 Consultation documents
The Stage 2 Consultation documents and materials are available below.
Please click here to view the chapters of the Preliminary Environmental Information Report (PEIR)
We will consider the comments received during consultation and document how we have taken account of people’s views within the Consultation Report that will form part of our application for development consent. The Consultation Report (and other application documents) will be made available on this website once the application has been submitted.
We are planning to submit our application in Quarter 2 2021.
You can leave any comments you have now on Net Zero Teesside by filling in the contact form below. You can also sign up to receive email updates on the Project by ticking the box.