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, protect thousands of jobs and establish the region as a globally-competitive climate-friendly hub for industry and innovation.

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.

Now selected as one of the first two carbon capture, usage and storage clusters to be taken forward by the UK government, the East Coast Cluster includes an unparalleled and diverse mix of low-carbon projects, including industrial carbon capture, low-carbon hydrogen production, negative emissions power, and power with carbon capture. All these technologies, delivered by companies with unrivalled experience in successfully delivering ambitious and world changing projects, are essential for the UK to meet its net zero targets.

Britain’s historic engine room, The Humber and Teesside, will benefit from an influx of green jobs, skills development and supply chain benefits. The cluster aims to create and support an average of 25,000 jobs per year between 2027 and 2050.

In March 2023, the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ) selected 3 East Coast Cluster projects – Net Zero Teesside Power, H2Teesside and Teesside Hydrogen CO2 Capture - who will connect first to the cluster from 2027.

In December 2023, DESNZ and the East Coast Cluster Transport and Storage Company, The Northern Endurance Partnership, announced agreement on the key conditions for economic, regulatory and governance models of the transportation and storage of CO2. The ‘Heads of Terms’ agreement paves the way for the three initial projects and the Northern Endurance Partnership to take final investment decisions in September 2024.

In a December 2023 update, DESNZ reaffirmed commitment to the expansion of the East Coast Cluster. The department is now considering the best timing for launching an expansion process from 2024, based on an assessment of store readiness beginning in the New Year. East Coast Cluster expansion projects plan to be operational from 2030.

The East Coast Cluster aims to capture and store an average of around 23 million tonnes of CO2 per year by 2035.

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East Coast Cluster economic benefits




Figures based on the 17 emitter projects submitted as part of phase-1 of UK Government’s Cluster Sequencing Process.

The East Coast Cluster will be enabled by the Northern Endurance Partnership (NEP), the partnership between bp, Equinor and TotalEnergies 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 Northern Endurance Partnership serves as the operator of the full, end-to-end CO2 transport and storage system serving Teesside and the Humber.

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 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

Our vision for the East Coast Cluster

Andy Lane

Managing Director, Net Zero Teesside and Northern Endurance Partnership

“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.”

Sir Paul Ennals

CBE (Convening Chair of NEECCo)

“If we want to achieve net zero in the North East, we need carbon capture as a key part of that strategy - and the East Coast Cluster proposals provide a way of doing that. 200 years ago, the North East engineers released the genie of coal into the world. Now, 200 years on, the North East engineers have the opportunity through the ECC to lead the nation’s response to the climate emergency.“

Emma Hardy

Labour MP for Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle

“It’s time for the UK to match its ambitions with its policies and projects to tackle climate change. I’m delighted that Humber and Teesside regions are working together to create an East Coast Cluster. By sharing storage 2 miles under the North Sea for their carbon emissions, we can cut emissions cost-effectively from an unparalleled range of projects.“

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 finding 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

19 October 2021

East Coast Cluster selected in Track-1 of the UK Government’s Cluster Sequencing Process

21 January 2022

Individual decarbonisation projects within the East Coast Cluster submit bids into phase two of the Government’s Cluster Sequencing Process

22 March 2022

Phase-2 projects shortlisted

12th August 2022

14 projects within the cluster shortlisted to proceed to a due diligence stage

30 March 2023

DESNZ selected 3 projects for first connection to ECC by 2027. DESNZ committed to ECC expansion with details to be published late 2023

December 2023

Northern Endurance Partnership and UK Government agree ‘Heads of Terms’ of business models for the East Coast Cluster.

2024

Selected projects FID subject to commercial discussions with DESNZ on appropriate business model support

2027

First commercial operations for East Coast Cluster

Mid-2030s

The East Coast Cluster aims to capture and store an average 23mtpa of CO2 by 2035.

East Coast Cluster Carbon Capture Partners

Collaboration accelerates progress. The Northern Endurance Partnership was formed to develop the carbon dioxide transport and storage infrastructure to serve a diverse range of businesses in the Teesside and Humber regions.

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