Collaborating to accelerate progress
bp, Eni, Equinor, National Grid, Shell and Total formed a new partnership in 2020, the Northern Endurance Partnership (NEP), to develop offshore carbon dioxide (CO2) transport and storage infrastructure in the UK North Sea, with bp as operator.
Net Zero Teesside (NZT) and Northern Endurance Partnership (NEP) aim to deliver a world first gas-fired power station with CCUS and decarbonize a range of carbon-intensive businesses across Teesside, creating what would be the UK’s first net-zero carbon industrial cluster.
NEP will also serve the proposed Zero Carbon Humber (ZCH) project, which will also establish a decarbonised industrial cluster in Humberside. Both projects aim to be commissioned by 2026 with realistic pathways to achieve net zero as early as 2030 and if successful, NEP linked to NZT and ZCH will support decarbonisation of close to 50% of the UK’s industrial cluster emissions.
Before forming the Northern Endurance Partnership, both NZT and ZCH had previously been independently exploring options for offshore storage. Partnership between two CCUS projects for the UK’s largest industrial clusters demonstrates the industry’s willingness to come together and collaborate to accelerate making CCUS a reality.
The North Sea has some of the best potential offshore storage sites in the world. Net Zero Teesside and Zero Carbon Humber have created NEP to jointly develop the Endurance reservoir – the best understood large-scale saline aquifer for CO2 storage in the offshore UK Continental Shelf, which can provide safe and permanent CO2 storage for both clusters. Endurance has a potential capacity of around 450 million tonnes.
The NEP is also exploring potential future sites for storage near to Endurance which would increase total potential storage capacity to around 1 billion tonnes.