East Coast Cluster selected as one of the UK’s first two carbon capture and storage projects announced

A collaboration between Northern Endurance Partnership, Net Zero Teesside and Zero Carbon Humber, the East Coast Cluster aims to remove nearly 50% of all UK Industrial cluster CO2 emissions.

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The East Coast Cluster (ECC) has been named as one of the UK’s first carbon capture, usage and storage clusters following a successful bid to the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The ECC was named as a “Track-1” cluster, putting it on course for deployment by the mid-2020s. The successful bid, led on behalf of the ECC by the Northern Endurance Partnership, is a major step towards achieving the UK government’s world-leading ambition to establish the first ‘net zero’ carbon industrial cluster in the UK by 2040. It also represents a significant boost for the industrial heartlands of Teesside and the Humber. 

The East Coast Cluster will be vital for supporting low-carbon industry and power projects across the region, including those in Net Zero Teesside and Zero Carbon Humber, two of the country’s leading industrial decarbonisation proposals. Once operational, the cluster has the potential to transport and securely store nearly 50% of all UK industrial cluster CO2 emissions - up to 27 million tonnes of CO2 emissions a year by 2030. 

For Louise Kingham, senior vice president, Europe & head of country, UK, BP: “The East Coast Cluster can play a critical role in the UK Government’s levelling up ambition, supporting thousands of jobs and investing in local communities. Teesside and the Humber were once the industrial heart of the UK. Today’s announcement paves the way for them to become the green heart of the country’s energy transition, shepherding in the next generation of industry and ways of working.“

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The project aims to create and support an average of 25,000 jobs per year between 2023 and 2050, with approximately 41,000 jobs at the project’s peak in 2026. These skilled jobs in exciting new industries, including industrial carbon capture, low-carbon hydrogen production, negative emissions power, and power with carbon capture, can play an important part of levelling up in the UK. 

Andy Lane, MD of Northern Endurance Partnership, said: “Today is a significant milestone on our country’s journey to net zero emissions by 2050. We are delighted that the East Coast Cluster has East Coast Cluster selected as one of the UK’s first two carbon capture and storage projects been selected and we will look forward to delivering our project, removing up to 50% of the UK’s industrial cluster CO2 emissions, creating tens of thousands of jobs and establishing the UK as a leader in the energy transition”.

John Scanlon, chief executive officer for SUEZ recycling and recovery UK said: ‘We’re delighted to see the East Coast Cluster selected by Government as one of the UK’s first two carbon capture and storage projects - this is good news for green growth in the north east and wider UK economy, and above all for our environment. If the industrial classification for energy-from-waste is confirmed, SUEZ’s first carbon capture and storage project in Teesside could now be up and running by the middle of this decade, paving the way for a carbon positive future for energy-from-waste. As HyNet North West was named the other track 1 project, the future looks bright for reducing the carbon impact of managing residual waste across the north.’

Karen Duncan

Product Executive, Mark Allen Group

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