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Surveys start in Humber and Teesside for CO2 transportation and storage infrastructure 

  • Survey work to be conducted on Easington Beach, Humberside, and Redcar Beach, Teesside, to inform engineering plans for CO2 transportation and storage network
  • Depending on weather conditions, work at Easington Beach, Humberside, will take place in early November for approximately 7 days.
  • Depending on weather conditions, work at Redcar Beach, Teesside, will take place around the middle of November for approximately 21 days.

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.

Notes to editors

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:

  • Decarbonise industry: potential to tackle almost 50% of the UK’s total industrial cluster C02 emissions.
  • Support levelling-up: creating and supporting an average of 25,000 jobs per year to 2050 and underpinning new low carbon industries in the north of England.
  • Kick-start a hydrogen economy: supporting the creation of low-carbon hydrogen projects to deliver 70% of the UK’s hydrogen target for 2030.
  • Demonstrate global leadership: establishing the Humber and Teesside as globally competitive low carbon hubs for industry and innovation, creating international momentum towards net zero.
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