The Teesside area accounts for almost 6% of industrial emissions in the UK and is home to five of the top 25 carbon dioxide emitters in the UK. Wood is working with the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative Climate Investments (OGCI CI) on a first-of-its-kind project to reduce CO2 emissions in the North east of England. The industrial carbon capture design initially covers five of the principal industrial emitters of CO2: the production of hydrogen, fertiliser, petrochemicals, cement, and steel.
Net Zero Teesside is a CCUS project which aims to deliver the UK’s first zero-carbon industrial cluster. It will capture around 6 MT CO2 per year by 2030, regenerate and revitalize Teesside with new technologies and investment, and establish Teesside as a leader in industrial decarbonisation. It will also support up to 5,500 direct jobs annually by 2035 and safeguard jobs in existing carbon intensive industries.
O GCI CI developed the concept for Net Zero Teesside that centred around using a gas-fired power plant with carbon capture as an anchor project, built to provide CO2 gathering, compression, transport and storage facilities for other industrial emitters in the region.
Wood has been working with the OGCI CI to develop the pre-FEED for a new build 750MW gas fired combined cycle power station, based in Teesside. It will be fully integrated with carbon capture of >90% of emissions, capturing 2MTPA of CO2 for offshore sequestration in the North Sea, as the anchor project for the first full-chain CCS project in the UK.
Our techno-economic assessments provided OGCI with a comprehensive assessment of the carbon capture technologies that could deliver >90% emissions reductions on a project of this scale by the mid-2020s, fully supported with independent and comparable cost estimates.
Our pre-FEED deliverables also provided accurate engineering definition to support the project moving to the next phase, inform the consenting process, and deliver implementation schedules and cost estimates to support negotiation of suitable commercial structures with the UK government.
The evaluations established clear performance and cost benchmarks against which new technologies can be critically assessed. This should drive investment towards those technologies which can realistically improve on state-of-the-art performance and, in time, drive down the cost of CCS even further.
Wood has also developed designs for carbon capture plants for other key industrial emitters in the UK – the production of hydrogen, petrochemicals, fertiliser, cement, steel and oil refining. Some of these may form the backbone of the first UK CCS industrial cluster near Teesside, contributing a further 1MTPA of CO2 emissions reduction from industries using natural gas feedstocks.
We are working closely with our customers to lead the energy transition, a global challenge facing many industry sectors. Being at the forefront of this critical, industry-led initiative further demonstrates our ongoing commitment to mitigating climate change by reducing CO2 emissions.