Net Zero Teesside Project

South Tees Development Corporation siteA consortium of oil and gas giants have chosen Teesside as the prime site to store millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide underground as part of “carbon capture, use and storage” (CCUS) project. 


Up to 4,000 jobs are being touted to build the scheme – now dubbed “Net Zero Teesside” – to store gas in pipelines under the North Sea. Existing chemical and industrial infrastructure on Teesside is expected to play a big role. Leaders are aiming to have the project up and running by the mid 2020s with the aim of capturing the equivalent level of CO2 produced to fuel one million homes in a year. Now a consultation has been launched to gather views.

The Net Zero Teesside carbon capture project is backed by a group called “OGCI Climate Investments” – with direct support from six global oil and gas firms – BP, ENI, Equinor, Occidental Petroleum, Shell and Total.

The aim is to make the region a “de-carbonised industrial cluster” by 2040 and take carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere to meet the 2050 “net zero emissions” target set by the government.

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IMAGE: South Tees Development Corporation Site (Image Evening Gazette)