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TVCA: Net Zero Power Station Hits Major Milestone After Approval Granted

Posted on 19 February 2024

TVCA: Net Zero Power Station Hits Major Milestone After Approval Granted

The project to deliver a world-leading carbon capture energy facility has hit a major milestone after the UK Government granted approval.

Net Zero Teesside (NZT) Power - under development by partners bp and Equinor at Teesworks - has received backing by the Secretary of State after a detailed planning process lasting more than two years.

A Development Consent Order has been granted for the scheme. DCOs are required for nationally significant infrastructure projects such as airports, power stations or railways.

Teesworks Chairman Chris Musgrave OBE said: "We've been hard at work preparing the land, planning consent has been secured, and now nothing's holding us back in getting this transformational scheme off the ground.

"Net Zero Teesside Power is a key part of the puzzle to our carbon capture and storage ambitions, feeding into the net zero ambitions of existing businesses and becoming a prime asset for others looking to relocate here. This shows the speed at which we're moving for the good of local people and the region."

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: "This is a welcome next step towards getting spades into the ground for this huge investment, which will help make us the first decarbonised industrial cluster, pioneering clean energy while creating the good-quality jobs of the future.

"This is just the start of bp's plans for our area, with blue and green hydrogen development in the pipeline among other projects. Our Joint Venture Partners have been critical in helping get NZT Power over the line and will play a huge part in the upcoming schemes too."

Extensive work to clear and prepare the former Redcar Blast Furnace site ahead of construction is continuing.

NZT Power aims to be the world’s first gas-fired power station with carbon capture and storage capability and will help drive Teesside’s aim to become the UK’s first decarbonised industrial cluster as early as 2030.

The project could create and support up to 4,000 jobs during construction and operations and add up to £300million to the economy per year.

The proposed power station will generate up to 860 megawatts of low carbon electricity – enough to power up to 1.3 million UK homes. Up to two million tonnes of CO2 emissions from the power station will be captured each year – emissions which would otherwise be released into the atmosphere.

The captured CO2 will then be transported by the Northern Endurance Partnership (NEP) by pipeline to a geological storage site under the North Sea, where it will be permanently and safely stored.

The NEP will provide the CO2 transportation and storage infrastructure that will serve East Coast Cluster carbon capture projects – including NZT Power and a wide range of other carbon-emitting businesses across Teesside and the Humber.

A final investment decision will be taken by NZT Power partners in 2024, with the project aiming for commercial operations from 2027.