Energy giant bp has advanced its UK power and carbon capture potential following the awarding of two engineering contracts to participants in bp’s Front End Engineering Design (FEED) competition for the Net Zero Teesside Power (NZT Power) project and the Northern Endurance Partnership’s carbon compression infrastructure in Teesside.

With carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) set to play a major role in the UK government’s 10-point plan to achieve net zero, the project marks a milestone towards the eventual development of the UK’s first full-scale integrated power and carbon capture project. 

The two groups selected to design and submit development plans for the proposed power station and carbon capture plant, in addition to NEP’s high pressure carbon dioxide (CO2) compression and export facilities include Technip Energies and General Electric consortium, and Aker Solutions Doosan Babcock and Siemens Energy consortium. 

Commenting on the development, Louise Kingham, UK Head of Country and Senior Vice President of Europe, bp, said, “This first-of-a-kind project has the potential to deliver enough low carbon, flexible electricity to power around 1.3m homes, and can help secure Teesside’s position at the green heart of the country’s energy transition.” 

NZT Power is a full-scale gas-fired power station fully integrated with carbon capture. 

NEP’s Teesside facilities will capture and compress CO2 from NZT Power before exporting and storing offshore in the Endurance carbon store. 

With CO2 also being gathered from a range of Humber-based projects, the East Coast Cluster could transport and securely store up to 50% of all UK industrial cluster CO2 emissions by 2035.

A FEED package will be delivered by the two consortiums over the next 12 months, followed by Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) proposals and a Final Investment Decision (FID) in 2023, which will select which consortium will be selected to take the project into the construction phase.