The Teeside area in the UK is on its way to welcoming the world’s first large-scale, carbon capture-optimized, gas-fired power station thanks to a CCS project carried out by sustainable infrastructure company Costain.
The UK’s East Coast Cluster (ECC) project, which includes an elaborate configuration for transporting CO2 sequestered in Teeside industrial facilities into storage locations in the North Sea, has reached a milestone in its development by completing the first phase of engineering and design plans for the complex framework of equipment.
The outlined frame of pipelines will collect carbon dioxide from various capture locations in the area and transport it to safe deposit sites under the North Sea. The defined transportation grid will also cover the Net Zero Teeside facility, which will lead to this location becoming the world’s first carbon-capturing industrial power station operating on gas.
The project’s onshore and offshore infrastructure will be delivered by the Northern Endurance Partnership, which was formed in 2020 to help Net Zero Teeside and the ECC as part of a greater CCUS agenda by the UK government.
The developing team used laser scanning as a technique to generate precise routes and models for the pipeline scheme. This task was not an easy one, as the experts had to consider a variety of potential obstacles, including rail, road, and river crossings, natural gas pipelines, and high-voltage electrical connections.
This project is part of the Track-1 negotiations project list within Phase 2 of the Cluster Sequencing process for Carbon Capture Usage and Storage (CCUS) initiated by the UK government. The intended strategy for the East Coast Cluster is to start with commercial activities by 2027.
Costain representatives have shared that the ECC has the potential to capture and store up to 23 million tonnes of CO2 a year.