Infrastructure solutions company Costain has complete front-end engineering design (FEED) work for two carbon capture projects that will have the capacity to transport 4 million tons of CO2 every year to storage locations under the North Sea.
Costain energy sector director Laura Hughes said: “This is an exciting and complex project and one that will leave an enormous legacy for the region. It won’t be long before Teesside will benefit from a world-leading, integrated decarbonisation system, with the East Coast Cluster bringing the UK closer to its net zero goals.
The two projects are part of the East Coast Cluster (ECC), a carbon capture, usage, and storage (CCUS) initiative aiming to reduce the UK’s industrial carbon emissions by half. It’s two pieces are the Net Zero Teesside Power (NZT Power) and Northern Endurance Partnership (NEP). Supported by the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ), these projects play a crucial role in achieving the ambitious emissions reduction goal.
NZT Power, a collaborative effort between BP and Equinor, seeks to become the first commercially scaled gas-fired power station with carbon capture technology. With the potential to generate up to 860MW of low carbon power, the project holds significant promise in contributing to sustainable energy solutions.
NZT Power managing director Ian Hunter said: “Net Zero Teesside Power has an important role to play in helping the UK reach net zero, and could generate up to 860MW of low carbon power – equivalent to the electricity requirements of around 1.3 million UK homes. With Final Investment Decision fast approaching in September this year, we are delighted that Costain has completed the Feed stage which is an important milestone on our journey to deliver this world-first project.”
On the other hand, NEP, formed through a joint venture between BP, Equinor, and TotalEnergies, is designated as the CO2 transportation and storage provider for ECC. The Feed phase for both NZT Power and NEP commenced in April 2022, involving Costain in an integrated program to plan new systems for each project.
“The Northern Endurance Partnership’s onshore CO2 pipelines are essential to connect carbon intensive projects across Teesside to offshore storage and will play an important role in helping the region achieve net zero. Completion of the design of the onshore Teesside CO2 gathering network by Costain is a crucial milestone as we work towards Final Investment Decision in September this year,” added Chris Daykin, General Manager of NEP.
The NEP infrastructure is not limited to its immediate project but extends its services to other ECC initiatives, such as Net Zero Teesside Power, H2Teesside, and Teesside Hydrogen CO2 Capture. These projects were strategically chosen by DESNZ as the first connections to ECC, following a sequencing process for CCUS. In preparation for detailed design, Costain is currently updating the FEED design, scheduled for completion in Q2 2024.
Utilizing innovative technology, Costain’s Feed team introduced a geographic information system (GIS) to facilitate the routing of the carbon capture network in their designs. This custom-made GIS serves as a single source of truth, capturing asset information and data from various sources and stakeholders. Incorporating laser scanning, topographical information, and ground investigations, the GIS documents both above-and-below ground assets at the project location.