Step forward for Teesside carbon capture project as high profile coordinator appointed

Pale Blue Dot will be building the business case for the Teesside Industrial CCS initiative

TVU managing director Stephen Catchpole
TVU managing director Stephen Catchpole

A drive to establish the UK’s first Carbon Capture Storage (CCS) network based purely on industry has taken a major step forward.

Tees Valley Unlimited - the Local Enterprise Partnership for the area- is leading the way on the project, which has the potential to lower industrial emissions, enhance the competitiveness of key industries in the region, and develop a competitive location in which to invest in new plants.

Now it has brought the Aberdeenshire-based Pale Blue Dot Energy on board as coordinator, tasking the company with building a business case for the Teesside Industrial Carbon Capture Storage (CCS) project.

Pale Blue Dot Energy, which has extensive experience in such work, will establish the methods by which carbon will be captured, initially from four industrial plants on Teesside.

It will also determine the best location for the carbon to be stored, design a method for transporting the gas to the storage site and draw up a compelling case for installing the infrastructure in Teesside by commissioning and managing a range of specialists to provide crucial information on costs.

TVU managing director Stephen Catchpole, said: “This is a significant step forward in our ambitions to create a low carbon industrial cluster in Tees Valley.

“CCS infrastructure will provide a vital extra reason for chemical and industrial companies to invest in Tees Valley and will help push Tees Valley ahead of the global and European game in relation to CCS.”

Pale Blue Dot project manager Ian Phillips said: “We are delighted to be working on such a visionary initiative – decarbonising our industrial emissions is every bit as important as reducing emissions from power generation, and has been a much-neglected area in the low-carbon debate.”

To bring the ambitious project to fruition, Tees Valley Unlimited has been liaising with industry, including the North East Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC) and the Process Industry Carbon Capture and Storage Initiative (PICCSI),

PICCSI chairman Keith Brudenell said: “With Tees Valley being a highly integrated industrial region, it is well-placed to deliver and benefit from a CO2 network, which also is an important element in the climate change challenge facing key exporting industries .

“It is good to see the ambitions to establish a low carbon economy in Tees Valley, which will help enhance the area’s attractiveness to investors, are starting to take shape with the appointment of a project coordinator.”

NEPIC chief executive Stan Higgins said: “The development of a CCS network is crucial to helping Teesside industries meet the climate change agenda.

“In addition, it will act as a stimulus in attracting environmentally-focused companies to locate to Tees Valley, which will contribute to the area’s future economic prosperity.”

Capturing carbon from industrial plants and storing it underground in the North Sea is one method by which the UK will decarbonise energy-intensive industry, such as that on Teesside, while at the same time providing world class infrastructure that could potentially make the area a prime site for industrial investment.

Following a competitive tendering process, Pale Blue Dot Ltd was appointed by specialist professional services firm NEPRO, which was called upon to assist TVU in coordinating the CCS project.

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