November 7th, 2022 – Realisation of the East Coast Cluster (ECC), a world leading initiative to decarbonise the industrial heartlands of the Humber and Teesside, took a step forward as nearshore survey work commenced on Easington Beach, Humberside. The work, which will be replicated on Redcar Beach, Teesside, will inform engineering plans for pipelines connecting the onshore CO2 transportation and storage network with the offshore Endurance Carbon Store.
An 18×12 metre rig positioned near the shoreline will create boreholes to investigate the ground. Conditions and samples of the nearshore seabed sediments will be collected for laboratory testing. The work follows preliminary geophysical surveying that was undertaken by a seven-metre vessel operating in the nearshore. Local bodies have been informed of the work and all relevant consent has been gained from the Crown Estate and the Offshore Petroleum Regulator for Environment and Decommissioning (OPRED).
The ECC is enabled by the Northern Endurance Partnership (NEP) comprising bp, Equinor, National Grid Ventures, Shell and TotalEnergies. Together the partnership will develop the infrastructure needed to transport CO2 from across the Humber and Teesside to the Endurance Carbon Store, located 145km offshore in the Southern North Sea.
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The East Coast Cluster unites the Humber and Teesside with infrastructure to decarbonise industry and establish a platform for economic growth.
The East Coast Cluster is enabled by the Northern Endurance Partnership – a collaboration between bp, Equinor, National Grid Ventures, Shell and TotalEnergies, with bp leading as operator.
The East Coast Cluster represents the UK’s biggest opportunity to: