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.