OGCI Kickstarter hub, Net Zero Teesside, has been awarded funding from the Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge fund, alongside two related industrial consortia – Zero Carbon Humber and the Northern Endurance Partnership.
The funding will support the next stage in delivering the UK’s first decarbonized industrial hubs on the east coast of England, a region that accounts for nearly half of the UK’s industrial emissions.
The three successful funding bids total £229 million ($318 million) in private and public funding and will accelerate development of integrated onshore and offshore infrastructure to transport and store carbon dioxide emissions.
Net Zero Teesside is developing a new flexible gas-fired power station with carbon capture and storage. It will also establish a carbon dioxide gathering network to enable decarbonization of industrial emitters, hydrogen production and power generation in the Teesside area. The funding will enable the hub, led by bp in partnership with Eni, Equinor, Shell and Total, to enter the front-end engineering design (FEED) phase, with the aim of starting operations in 2026.
The Zero Carbon Humber partnership will develop H2H Saltend, one of the world’s first at-scale low carbon hydrogen production plants, and a carbon dioxide and hydrogen pipeline network connecting to industrial sites and gas and biomass power stations throughout the Humber region, enabling them to capture their emissions and/or switch to low carbon hydrogen.
The Northern Endurance Partnership was set up in 2020 to accelerate the development of an offshore pipeline network and geological storage in the North Sea. The partners are bp, Equinor, Eni, National Grid, Shell and Total, with bp as operator. Captured carbon dioxide emissions from both Net Zero Teesside and Zero Carbon Humber will be transported and permanently stored deep underground in Endurance, the UK’s largest appraised saline aquifer for carbon storage.