Energy firms join forces for CO2 transport and storage

Energy giants bp, Eni, Equinor, National Grid, Shell and Total have formed a new partnership, the Northern Endurance Partnership (NEP), to develop offshore carbon dioxide transport and storage infrastructure in the UK North Sea.

The infrastructure created by the Northern Endurance Partnership will serve the proposed Zero Carbon Humber (ZCH) and Net Zero Teesside (NZT) projects that aim to establish decarbonised industrial clusters in the Humber region and Teesside. PICTURE: TERRY CARROTT

This infrastructure will serve the proposed Net Zero Teesside (NZT) and Zero Carbon Humber (ZCH) projects that aim to establish decarbonised industrial clusters in Teesside and the Humber region.

Both projects aim to be commissioned by 2026 with pathways to achieve net zero as early as 2030 through a combination of carbon capture, hydrogen and fuel-switching. If successful, NEP linked to NZT and ZCH will allow decarbonisation of nearly 50 per cent of the UK’s industrial emissions.

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NEP has submitted a bid for funding through phase two of the UK Government’s Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge, aiming to accelerate the development of an offshore pipeline network to transport captured CO2 emissions from both NZT and ZCH to offshore geological storage beneath the UK North Sea.

The £170m Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge is part of the £4.7bn Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund set up by the UK Government to address the biggest industrial and societal challenges using research and development based in the UK. NEP’s application for funding is an important step towards enabling the development of integrated offshore carbon storage for NZT and ZCH in the UK Southern North Sea.

BP will lead the Northern Endurance Partnership as operator.

Andy Lane, of bp and managing director for Net Zero Teesside, said: “The formation of the Northern Endurance Partnership is another significant milestone towards developing the offshore infrastructure that will be needed to safely transport and store CO2 from CCUS projects along England’s east coast. The partnership and our joint bid demonstrate industry’s willingness to come together and collaborate wherever possible to accelerate making CCUS (carbon capture, utilisation and storage) a reality in the UK, helping to decarbonise the local economy.”