The Clean Gas Project is a Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) project, based in Teesside in the North East of England. In partnership with local industry and with committed, world class partners, it aims to decarbonise a cluster of carbon-intensive businesses by as early as 2030. Each year, the project plans to capture carbon dioxide emissions equivalent to the annual energy use of up to 1 million homes in the UK.
CCUS describes a group of process technologies that remove carbon dioxide emissions and store them deep underground, preventing them from being released into the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas that contributes towards climate change, so removing carbon dioxide from industrial emissions is vital to ensuring the future of carbon-intensive British industry. The UK Government has committed to achieving net zero emissions by 2050 and, as the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has stressed, CCUS is critical to achieving this. Without it, the target poses a real challenge to the future of British industry and jobs, as CCUS is the only way to decarbonise many industries.
Creating local growth
CCUS can play a significant role in local and national plans for regional development and in the UK’s industrial strategy for a low carbon Northern Powerhouse. The Clean Gas Project will deliver local jobs and economic growth, supporting 4,000 direct and indirect jobs during construction. The project has the potential to further regenerate and revitalise the region with new technologies and investment as carbon dioxide utilisation companies are attracted by this new hub. An extensive model of the benefits and costs of a CCUS industry on the east coast estimated a £160 billion gross benefit across the next 40 years. As a project that is pioneering CCUS technology and the way that it is applied, the Clean Gas Project will build world-leading skills and capabilities that can provide the opportunity to grow exports of CCUS technologies.
The Clean Gas Project is an integrated CCUS project backed by OGCI Climate Investments and direct project support from six of the largest oil and gas companies globally: BP, ENI, Equinor, Occidental Petroleum, Shell and Total. Through OGCI’s involvement, the project benefits from the technical and commercial expertise of its 13 members. OGCI and its partners are working closely with the UK Government on a supportive policy framework to enable the UK to become a leader and exporter of CCUS technologies globally. We are also working closely with key regional stakeholders, including Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen, the Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA), local industry and communities.
We bring together the expertise of world class industry players with experience in developing CCUS facilities and the collective ability to build at the scale needed to decarbonise the UK’s economy. We are committed to working closely with the UK Government to reduce the cost and increase the efficiency of deploying CCUS. This will allow growth in this sector overall and the industries that it supports. It is a critical project to help meet national climate targets.