East Coast Cluster

By its strength in diversity, the East Coast Cluster stands ready to
remove 50% of the UK’s industrial cluster CO2 emissions
.

The UK needs to use every possible technology to green our economy. It must decarbonise industry to achieve its target of net zero emissions by 2050. And nearly half of carbon emissions from UK industrial clusters come from Britain’s historic engine room: Teesside and the Humber.

The East Coast Cluster is now actively bringing together communities, business, industry and academia to deliver the carbon capture and storage (CCS) infrastructure needed to decarbonise this key industrial heartland of the UK.

Taking the East Coast Cluster forward will ensure the UK’s leadership in the energy transition and the emerging global low-carbon and hydrogen market and play a major role in levelling up across the country.


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The East Coast Cluster unites the Humber and Teesside regions, offering the UK’s biggest opportunities to:

Decarbonise industry Transporting and storing 50% of total emissions from all UK industrial clusters.

Kick-start a hydrogen economy Supporting the creation of low-carbon hydrogen projects to deliver 70% of the UK’s hydrogen target for 2030.

Deliver world-leading projects Creating millions of tonnes of negative emissions, removing carbon from the atmosphere and supporting hard-to-decarbonise industries.


Support levelling-up Protecting many thousands of existing jobs across Teesside and the Humber, creating thousands of new STEM-based jobs and underpinning new low carbon industries in the north of England.

Show the way globally Creating international momentum towards net zero and tackling climate change.

The East Coast Cluster will be enabled by the Northern Endurance Partnership (NEP), which as part of the UK Government’s Carbon Capture and Storage (CCUS) cluster sequencing process is bidding to develop the common infrastructure needed to transport CO2 from emitters across the Humber and Teesside to secure offshore storage in the Endurance aquifer in the Southern North Sea.

NEP will support levelling up - protecting many thousands of existing jobs across the Teesside and Humber regions, including those in Net Zero Teesside and Zero Carbon Humber, two of the country’s leading industrial decarbonisation consortia. It is also well placed to deliver against the UK Government’s evaluation criteria: deliverability, emissions reduction potential, economic benefits, cost consideration, and learning and innovation.

As a partnership between bp, Eni, Equinor, National Grid, Shell and Total, with bp leading as operator NEP brings together unrivalled expertise and experience in the delivery and operation of onshore and offshore energy infrastructure.

The companies in the East Coast Cluster have unrivalled experience in successfully delivering
ambitious and world changing projects.

There is an unparalleled and diverse mix of low-carbon projects that are being taken forward in the East Coast Cluster, including industrial carbon capture, low-carbon hydrogen production, negative emissions power, and power with carbon capture. All these technologies are essential for the UK to meet its net zero targets.

Working closely together with local communities, businesses, industry, and political leaders across the Humber and Teesside, we can take a huge step in the UK’s journey to net zero.

ECC Overview

Net Zero Teesside (NZT) is a Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) project, based in Teesside in the North East of England. Proposals for NZT include the Net Zero Teesside Power Station (NZT Power) which will be the UK’s first commercial scale gas fired power station with CCUS. NZT Power is a joint venture between bp, Eni, Equinor and Total with bp leading as operator.

A CO2 gathering network, CO2 compression and the onshore section of a CO2 export pipeline on Teesside is proposed by the Northern Endurance Partnership, which will enable the capture, transportation and storage of CO2 from NZT Power and a range of carbon intensive businesses which could include BOC, H2 Teesside, CF Fertilizers, TV ERF, 8Rivers, Suez and Kellas.

NZT could help protect up to 70% of existing jobs in heavy industry on Teesside, and enable many thousands of new, high quality opportunities. NZT aims to capture and store up to 10 million tonnes of CO2 emissions each year, equivalent to the emissions associated with the annual energy use of up to 3 million homes in the UK.

To learn more about Net Zero Teesside, please visit netzeroteesside.co.uk

Zero Carbon Humber (ZCH) is leading companies and organisations in a plan to decarbonise the UK’s largest emitting industrial region.

ZCH includes ABP, British Steel, Centrica Storage, Drax, Equinor, Mitsubishi Power, National Grid, px Group, SSE Thermal, Triton Power, Uniper and University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Centre (AMRC).

The ZCH Partnership have a shared ambition to make the Humber industrial region net zero by 2040 through low carbon hydrogen, carbon capture and carbon removal technology, enabled by shared regional pipelines for hydrogen and carbon emissions and the common offshore NEP infrastructure.

With its first projects aiming to start up in the mid-2020s, ZCH aims to capture at least 17 million tonnes of CO2 emissions per year and supply up to 10 gigawatts of hydrogen in industry and power projects across the Humber by the mid-2030s. This could reduce the UK’s annual emissions by 15% and safeguard 55,000 existing jobs in the region, whilst creating thousands of new STEM roles and developing skills, apprenticeships and educational opportunities in the area.

To learn more about Zero Carbon Humber, please visit zerocarbonhumber.co.uk

Our vision for the East Coast Cluster

“Together, as the East Coast Cluster, we are determined to make CCUS a reality in the UK and decarbonise a diverse region that represents almost 50% of carbon emissions from all UK clusters. We stand ready to support the UK, as President of COP26, in showing global leadership and building momentum in the energy transition through innovation and exciting green jobs, positioning the UK as a leader in the emerging global low-carbon and hydrogen market."

Andy Lane
Managing Director, Net Zero Teesside and Northern Endurance Partnership (NEP)

Project Timeline

October 2020

NEP is formed and submits bid for funding through UK Government’s Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge

March 2021

NEP, NZT and ZCH consortia all awarded funding from UK Government’s Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge

July 2021

Submission of East Coast Cluster bid into Track-1, Phase-1 of UK Government’s Cluster Sequencing Process, and public webinar (details TBC)

From 25 October 2021

Outcome of UK Government’s Cluster Sequencing Process, confirming Track-1 clusters

From 1 November 2021

Application deadline for Capture Projects for Track-1 clusters.

From H1 2022

Final investment decisions by Track-1 clusters.

Mid-2020s

East Coast Cluster is operational.

By mid-2030s

East Coast Cluster is capturing and storing at least 17 million tonnes of CO2 per year from projects across the Humber, and up to 10 million tonnes from Teesside.

Partners

Emitters from the Humber and Teesside can access the NEP infrastructure to transport their CO2 to secure offshore storage in the UK. Decarbonising hard-to-abate industrial sectors in the North of England will protect thousands of existing jobs and create thousands of new high-quality careers. The initial set of projects are led by the following companies:

  • BOC
  • BP
  • CF Fertilizers
  • Drax
  • Equinor
  • Kellas
  • Mitsubishi Power
  • NZT Power
  • Sembcorp
  • SSE Thermal
  • Suez
  • Triton Power
  • Tees Valley Energy Recovery Facility
  • Uniper
  • Velocys

Contact

Thank you for showing an interest in the East Coast Cluster.

For all inquiries, including media, please call 020 7413 3506 or email Eastcoastcluster@hkstrategies.com

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