5th October 2023 – The Northern Endurance Partnership (NEP) has today launched a consultation process on proposals for offshore CO2 transportation and storage infrastructure which will serve the world leading East Coast Cluster (ECC) carbon capture and storage project, which offers to create new opportunities by putting the Teesside and Humber regions at the forefront of the global low carbon agenda.
The proposals, which are set out in an Environmental Statement (ES), include two offshore pipelines which will transport CO2 captured from onshore industrial regions on Teesside and the Humber, to an offshore geological storage site named the Endurance store under the southern North Sea. The proposals also cover subsea facilities at the Endurance store which consist of two manifolds which combine, distribute, control, and monitor the flow of CO2 to five injection wells.
The Environmental Statement has been submitted to OPRED (the Offshore Petroleum Regulator for Environment and Decommissioning) under The Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration, Production, Unloading and Storage (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2020, and a period of public consultation has commenced.
The ES, which was compiled following an extensive environmental impact assessment, will be available to view here and public consultation will run until Monday 6th November.
Interested parties are encouraged to view the documents and submit feedback on the proposals direct to the regulator OPRED. Further details on how to respond are available within the Public Consultation Notice, which can be accessed here.
Following the completion of the consultation period, the regulator OPRED, the determining authority for the ES, will consider agreement to the granting of consent for the development by the NSTA, through the awarding of a storage permit under The Energy Act 2008 and The Storage of Carbon Dioxide (Licensing etc.) Regulations 2010. The storage permit is essential for the NEP to commence construction on the offshore infrastructure to serve the ECC.
The Northern Endurance Partnership – a joint venture between bp, Equinor and TotalEnergies – is the CO2 transportation and storage infrastructure provider for the East Coast Cluster.
The East Coast Cluster – selected in 2021 as a track-1 cluster by the UK Government as part of the cluster sequencing process for CCUS – aims to remove almost 50% of the UK’s total industrial cluster CO2 emissions, create and protect thousands of jobs and establish the Teesside and Humber regions as globally competitive climate-friendly hubs for industry and innovation.
Chris Daykin, General Manager of the Northern Endurance Partnership, said: “The Northern Endurance Partnership is delighted to launch a period of public consultation on detailed proposals for offshore CO2 transportation and storage infrastructure which will serve the world leading East Coast Cluster. Our proposals are set out in an Environmental Statement, which has been compiled following a detailed environmental impact assessment, and we look forward to hearing feedback from stakeholders and interested parties during the consultation period”.Back to home