bp awards FEED contracts for UK power and carbon capture project

Dec. 15, 2021
bp has selected two consortiums to participate in a FEED ‎competition for the NZT Power project and the NEP’s carbon compression infrastructure in Teesside.

Offshore staff

LONDON bp has selected two consortiums to participate in a front-end engineering design (FEED) ‎competition for the Net Zero Teesside Power (NZT Power) project and the Northern Endurance ‎Partnership’s (NEP) carbon compression infrastructure in Teesside.

The two groups will now design and submit development plans for NZT Power’s proposed ‎power station and carbon capture plant, and NEP’s planned Teesside high-pressure carbon ‎dioxide (CO2) compression and export facilities.‎

The two selected contractor groups are:

  • Technip Energies and General Electric consortium: led by Technip Energies and ‎including Shell as a subcontractor to provide the licensed Cansolv CO2 capture ‎technology and Balfour Beatty as the nominated construction partner.‎
  • Aker Solutions, Doosan Babcock, and Siemens Energy consortium: led by Aker Solutions ‎and including Aker Carbon Capture as a subcontractor to provide the licensed ‎CO2 capture technology.‎

The two consortiums will each deliver a comprehensive FEED package, led from their UK ‎offices, over the next 12 months. Following the completion of the FEED process, they will then submit engineering, procurement, and construction proposals for ‎the execution phase. As part of the final investment decision expected in 2023, one ‎consortium will be selected to take the project forward into construction.

In October 2021, the UK government selected the NEP’s East ‎Coast Cluster as one of the first two clusters to be taken forward as part of its carbon capture ‎and storage (CCUS) cluster sequencing process. The partnership will provide the common infrastructure needed to transport CO2 from ‎emitters across the Humber and Teesside regions to secure offshore storage in the Endurance aquifer ‎in the southern North Sea.‎

The Northern Endurance ‎Partnership is a joint venture between bp (operator), Equinor, National Grid Ventures, Shell, and ‎TotalEnergies.

According to bp, the East Coast Cluster has the ‎potential to transport and store nearly 50% of all UK industrial cluster CO2 emissions ‎‎– up to 27 MM metric tons/yr by 2035. It anticipates creating and ‎supporting an average of 25,000 jobs over 2023 to 2050, with about 41,000 jobs at ‎the project’s peak in 2026.

NZT Power, a joint venture between bp (operator) and Equinor, is a full-scale gas fired-power station fully ‎integrated with carbon capture. The project is expected to provide flexible, dispatchable low ‎carbon electricity to complement the growing deployment of intermittent forms of renewable ‎energy such as wind and solar.

NZT Power expects to submit a bid in January 2022 for selection as part of phase 2 of the ‎UK government’s CCUS cluster sequencing process.