BP, Eni, Equinor, National Grid, Shell and Total have joined forces to develop offshore carbon dioxide (CO2) transport and storage infrastructure in the UK North Sea, under the name Northern Endurance Partnership.

Operated by oil giant BP, the infrastructure will serve the proposed Net Zero Teesside (NZT) and Zero Carbon Humber (ZCH) projects that aim to decarbonise industrial clusters in Teesside and Humberside.

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The group has already submitted a bid for funding through Phase 2 of the UK Government’s Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge, aiming to accelerate the development of an offshore pipeline network to transport captured CO2 emissions from both NZT and ZCH to offshore geological storage beneath the UK North Sea

Andy Lane, Vice-President of CCUS Solutions at bp and Managing Director for Net Zero Teesside, said, “The formation of the Northern Endurance Partnership is another significant milestone towards developing the offshore infrastructure that will be needed to safely transport and store CO2 from CCUS projects along England’s east coast.”

“The partnership and our joint bid demonstrate industry’s willingness to come together and collaborate wherever possible to accelerate making CCUS a reality in the UK, helping to decarbonise the local economy and contributing to the UK’s climate goals.”

Grete Tveit, Senior Vice-President for Low Carbon Solutions at Equinor, added, “Carbon capture and storage is a crucial technology for reaching the goals of the Paris Agreement and we are committed to working with others to create real change.”

“We believe that with our partners in the Humber, Teesside and the Northern Endurance Partnership we can deliver deep decarbonisation of these major UK industrial clusters using CCUS and hydrogen, safeguarding jobs and helping develop world-leading low carbon expertise that can play a leading role in the UK’s journey to net zero by 2050.”