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Two carbon capture ‘clusters’ win UK government support

Two of the UK’s carbon capture ‘cluster’ projects being developed around the country – Hynet Cluster in North West England and North Wales and the East Coast Cluster in Teesside and the Humber – have together won backing from the government as part of its new Net Zero Strategy. 

Both have been named as ‘Track-1’ clusters, putting them on course for deployment, potentially, from 2025. A second track of schemes are expected to begin decarbonising industrial sites from around 2030.

The East Coast Cluster represents a significant boost for the industrial heartlands of Teesside and the Humber, says its developers. It includes both Net Zero Teesside and Zero Carbon Humber, two separate industrial decarbonisation proposals.

The hugely ambitious project has the potential to transport and store nearly half of all UK industrial cluster carbon dioxide emissions – up to 27mn tonnes of CO2 per year by 2030. It aims to create and support an average of 25,000 jobs per year between 2023 and 2050.

Louise Kingham, now Senior Vice President, Europe & Head of Country, UK, for project participant BP (and previously Chief Executive at the Energy Institute) said: ‘Teesside and the Humber were once the industrial heart of the UK. Today’s announcement paves the way for them to become the green heart of the country’s energy transition, shepherding in the next generation of industry and ways of working.’

Meanwhile, it fell to the CEO of the Carbon Capture and Storage Association (CCSA), Ruth Herbert, to point out the need for continued focus from the government from this point onwards: ‘It is now absolutely critical that the industry has clarity over the long-term rollout of CCUS… we are calling for the government to introduce a delivery plan for CCUS – setting annual spending budgets over the next decade to give the industry certainty to invest in projects now.’

News Item details

Journal title: Energy World

Region: North East England

Subjects: Carbon capture, transportation and storage, Carbon management in industry,

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