Creating the world’s first Net Zero industrial cluster by 2040
The Tees Valley has fast become the go-to region to develop clean gas, hydrogen and low carbon technologies, our growing reputation as the UK’s premier location for clean energy is evident in our recent successes.
THE UK’S PREMIER LOCATION FOR CLEAN ENERGY
Net Zero Teesside has long been established as the driving force in delivering Teesside as the country’s first decarbonised industrial cluster. The region’s net zero ambitions will create the jobs of the future and transform the local economy. The Tees Valley Mayor and Combined Authority is building a new Net Zero Innovation Centre in partnership with Teesside University. Our growing and influential innovation hub, set to be a Centre of Excellence at Tees Advanced Manufacturing Park (TeesAMP), is supported by research and innovation organisations TWI and the Materials Processing Institute.
WHAT THE CLUSTER OFFERS
The Tees Valley is leading the way in the clean energy revolution. It has been singled out by government as the place at the centre of the UK’s future economy due to its optimism and ambition. As it is backed by millions of pounds of investment and the UK’s largest freeport, and it is easy to see why.
Not only is it both geographically and industrially suited for large-scale decarbonisation, it is also home to Teesworks, the UK’s largest Freeport.
The region has the UK’s most developed and deliverable carbon capture, utilisation and storage project, Net Zero Teesside, led by bp and four other major oil and gas companies. The Tees Valley also produces more than half of the UK’s hydrogen, making it a natural choice for the UK’s first hydrogen transport hub and bp’s “blue” hydrogen facility, set to be the largest in the UK. Other pioneering hydrogen projects by bp, Kellas Midstream and Northern Gas Networks are also being developed in the region.
This integrated approach to decarbonisation and net zero puts the Tees Valley cluster at the forefront of the sector and boosts the region’s ambitions to become the UK’s clean energy powerhouse.
WHY TEES VALLEY
The Tees Valley is the leading export-focused and energy-intensive industrial cluster in the UK. Centred around a large port, it has easy access to the North Sea Basin, with its storage capabilities, and Dogger Bank, the world’s largest offshore wind development. This makes the Tees Valley an ideal place for developing the world’s first net zero industrial cluster by 2040.
The area has a rich history of industry and innovation, complemented by a highly skilled and readily available workforce, specialising in manufacturing, engineering and offshore industries.
It has the UK’s most well-connected Freeport, offering immediate connectivity via rail, road, sea and air as well as an international airport providing a gateway to global markets.
NEP will support levelling up – protecting many thousands of existing jobs across the Teesside and Humber regions, including those in Net Zero Teesside and Zero Carbon Humber, two of the country’s leading industrial decarbonisation consortia. It is also well placed to deliver against the UK Government’s evaluation criteria: deliverability, emissions reduction potential, economic benefits, cost consideration, and learning and innovation.
THE UK’S LARGEST HYDROGEN PROJECT
The Tees Valley leads the way in hydrogen production and storage, with 50% of the UK’s hydrogen being produced here. The investment being made in the region in hydrogen is second to none, with a number of exciting projects being delivered over the next ten years.
TEES VALLEY PRODUCES MORE THAN HALF OF THE UK’S HYDROGEN
CARBON CAPTURE, UTILISATION AND STORAGE
Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) is widely acknowledged as the only viable technology able to reduce industrial CO₂ emissions and achieve cost-effective decarbonisation across industry sectors. Net Zero Teesside will see the development of an offshore pipeline that will capture carbon dioxide emissions and transport them to be permanently stored deep underground.
The planned redevelopment at Teesworks is seeing the construction of a 1km quay to specifically service the offshore energy sector. The quay will also provide instant access to more than 500 acres of manufacturing, storage and mobilisation facilities.
The SeAH Wind facility, part of the Teesside Freeport, will sit on a 90-acre site adjacent to Teesworks’ £107million heavy-lift South Bank Quay. Its 1.13million sq ft footprint is four times the size of the Riverside Stadium and, when complete, it will be the largest facility of its type in the world.
The factory services the offshore wind sector, producing monopiles that form the foundations of offshore wind turbine construction, and will create 1,500 jobs in the supply chain and during construction when work begins in July. Once operational, a further 750 roles will be created.
Net Zero Teesside Power (NZT Power) is a first-of-a-kind fully integrated gas-fired power and carbon capture project and a key driving force behind plans to make Teesside the UK’s first decarbonized industrial cluster.
The scheme is the Government’s preferred project to lead the UK’s net zero ambitions and will see up to 10million tonnes of CO2 emissions captured each year – equivalent to the emissions associated with the annual energy use of three million UK homes – and stored, as part of the Northern Endurance Partnership, under the North Sea via a series of pipes. NZT Power’s proposed gas turbine electricity generating station will have an electrical output of up to 860 megawatts (MW) of low carbon electricity, enough to power up to 1.3m homes per year.
The scheme aims to be up and running within the next five years and could create 4,000 direct jobs during its construction and add £300 million to the economy each year.
EAST COAST CLUSTER
The Northern Endurance Partnership (NEP) enables the net zero vision by providing the common infrastructure needed to capture and transport CO2 from carbon emitting projects, such as Net Zero Teesside Power, to secure offshore storage in the North Sea. In October 2021, The Northern Endurance Partnership’s East Coast Cluster, which includes Net Zero Teesside Power, was selected as a priority cluster in phase-1 of the UK Government’s Carbon Capture, Usage and Storage (CCUS) cluster sequencing process.
The East Coast Cluster will be enabled by the Northern Endurance Partnership (NEP), the partnership developing the common infrastructure needed to transport CO2 from emitters across the Humber and Teesside to secure offshore storage in the Endurance aquifer in the Southern North Sea.