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bp and partners award contracts for carbon capture projects in the UK

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On behalf of its partners, bp – the operator of Net Zero Teesside Power (NZT Power) and ‎the Northern Endurance Partnership (NEP) – has awarded contracts as part of its dual Front ‎End Engineering Design (FEED) competition to two separate consortiums of engineering, ‎carbon capture licensors, power providers and EPC contractors.‎

The awards represent an important next step towards the proposed development of one of the UK’s ‎first full-scale integrated power and carbon capture projects. Investing in carbon capture, usage ‎and storage (CCUS) is a key point of the UK government’s 10-point plan for a green industrial ‎revolution, announced in November 2020.

In October 2021, the UK government selected the Northern Endurance Partnership’s East ‎Coast Cluster as one of the first two clusters to be taken forward as part of its CCUS cluster sequencing process. The Northern Endurance partnership, which ‎bp leads as operator, will provide 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 two groups will now design and submit development plans for NZT Power’s proposed ‎power station and carbon capture plant, and NEP’s planned Teesside high pressure CO2 compression and export facilities.‎

The two selected contractor groups are:

  • Technip Energies and General Electric consortium: led by Technip Energies and ‎including Shell as a subcontractor for the provision of the licensed Cansolv CO2 capture ‎technology and Balfour Beatty as the nominated construction partner.
  • Aker Solutions Doosan Babcock and Siemens Energy consortium: led by Aker Solutions ‎and including Aker Carbon Capture as a subcontractor for the provision of the licensed ‎CO2 capture technology.

The two consortiums will each deliver a comprehensive FEED package, led from their UK ‎offices, over the next 12 months. Following the completion of the FEED process, the two ‎consortiums will then submit Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) proposals for ‎the execution phase. As part of the Final Investment Decision (FID) expected in 2023, a single ‎consortium will be selected to take the project forward into construction.

NZT Power, a joint venture (JV) between bp and Equinor, is a full-scale, gas-fired power station fully ‎integrated with carbon capture. The project is expected to provide flexible, dispatchable low ‎carbon electricity to complement the growing deployment of intermittent forms of renewable ‎energy such as wind and solar.

The contracts also include FEED for NEP’s Teesside facilities that will gather and compress ‎CO2 from NZT Power and other regional sources and export it offshore for permanent sub-‎surface storage in the Endurance carbon store. NEP will also take CO2 captured from a range ‎of projects in the Humber region as part of the East Coast cluster. The Northern Endurance ‎Partnership is a JV between bp, Equinor, National Grid Ventures, Shell and ‎TotalEnergies.

Taking emissions from both the Teesside and Humber regions, the East Coast cluster has the ‎potential to transport and securely store nearly 50% of all UK industrial cluster CO2 emissions ‎‎– up to 27 million tpy of CO2 emissions by 2035. It anticipates creating and ‎supporting an average of 25 000 jobs over 2023 to 2050, with approximately 41 000 jobs at ‎the project’s peak in 2026.

NZT Power expects to submit a bid in January 2022 for selection as part of phase two of the ‎UK government’s CCUS cluster sequencing process. In ‎October 2021, the Northern Endurance Partnership-led East Coast cluster was named as a Track-1 ‎cluster in the first phase of the sequencing process.

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