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Major step forward for East Coast Cluster as Northern Endurance Partnership announces engineering contracts

  • Genesis awarded Northern Endurance Partnership offshore FEED contract.
  • Costain awarded Northern Endurance Partnership onshore FEED contract.
  • Clear signal of momentum following the successful selection of East Coast Cluster by UK Government as a Track-1 CCUS cluster in October 2021.

04 April 2022 – On behalf of its partners, bp – the operator of the Northern Endurance Partnership (NEP) – has awarded Genesis the offshore front-end engineering & design (FEED) contract and Costain an onshore FEED contract for the East Coast Cluster carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) project.

The Northern Endurance Partnership – a joint venture comprising bp, Equinor, National Grid Ventures, Shell, and Total Energies – will enable the East Coast Cluster by developing 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.

The East Coast Cluster was named as one of the UK’s first CCUS clusters following a successful bid in Phase-1 of the UK Government’s CCUS cluster sequencing process in October 2021.

In March 2022, 25 projects within the East Coast Cluster were shortlisted for evaluation within Phase-2 of the cluster sequencing process. The projects, covering power, industrial carbon capture (ICC) and hydrogen, were adjudged to have met the eligibility criteria. The projects will now be evaluated, with a final decision on successful bids expected from May 2022.

Today’s FEED contract awards announcement represents 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 and represents a significant boost for the industrial heartlands of Teesside and the Humber.

Genesis will deliver a FEED package, led from their UK offices, over the next 14 months.  The FEED scope consists of over 250km of subsea pipeline, two landfalls and a subsea injection system connected to six wells.

Costain will deliver the FEED package for the onshore CO2 gathering pipeline that will serve the Teesside region.

Andy Lane, MD of Northern Endurance Partnership, said: “The award of the onshore and offshore FEED contracts by the Northern Endurance Partnership is another important milestone for The East Coast Cluster, and a clear signal of momentum on our country’s journey to net zero emissions by 2050. We look forward to working with Genesis and Costain on the detailed engineering design of the NEP CO2 transport and storage system which will enable the East Coast Cluster to remove up to 50% of the UK’s industrial cluster CO2 emissions, create tens of thousands of jobs and help establish the UK as a leader in the energy transition”.

Christophe Malaurie, Senior Vice President of Genesis said: “Genesis is pleased to be awarded the NEP offshore FEED.  This award builds on over 2 years of support to the development of the East Coast Cluster and demonstrates our commitment and investment in the UK for a sustainable future.  Genesis is well-positioned to support developments like the East Coast Cluster with its extensive experience in CO2 management, to deliver our net zero emissions by 2050 in the UK. Genesis welcomes the opportunity to work with the East Coast Cluster and its stakeholders to produce a first of a kind project.”

Sam White, Costain’s Managing Director Natural Resources, said: “This project will drive transformational change to meet the UK’s sustainability commitments. It places Costain at the heart of Teesside to design and deliver the infrastructure needed to transport CO2 from onshore to offshore, bringing investment to the region and helping create a world-leading industrial cluster on the east coast.”

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