Northern Endurance Partnership completes acquisition of huge Humber carbon capture scheme

The Northern Endurance Partnership has taken control of a major project to set up an onshore CO2 pipeline as part of a Humber decarbonisation push.

The group, made up of bp, Equinor and TotalEnergies, has become the developer for the infrastructure which will link the Endurance acquifer in the sourthern North Sea and nearby CO2 stores. It marks the exit of National Grid Ventures, the National Grid’s portfolio of energy transition businesses, which signalled its withdrawal from the project last year.

The move means the Northern Endurance Partnership, which last year lost Shell as a partner, will own and operate – subject to final government approvals – the full CO2 transport and storage system that intends to serve carbon capture projects on Teesside and the Humber as part of the East Coat Cluster ambitions. The Government is due to launch an expansion process for the East Coast Cluster this year – including a process to select projects that could connect to the infrastructure.

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The Humber Low Carbon Pipelines plan is described as a staggering feat of engineering and could stretch from Drax to Easington, passing Goole, Scunthorpe and Brigg before crossing the Humber from Killingholme to Saltend and heading out to the coast. Previous estimates have suggested construction could be complete in 2026.

In 2021 and 2022 National Grid Ventures, as part of the East Coast Cluster, consulted on the project before its stake in the Northern Endurance Partnership was acquired by bp and Equinor.

Chris Daykin, NEP general manager, said: “The onshore CO2 pipelines are essential to connect carbon intensive projects across the Humber to offshore storage and will play an important role in helping the region achieve net zero. The Northern Endurance Partnership is delighted to be moving forward in this venture which will provide further confidence for projects and stakeholders across the region as we prepare for the next phase of Government’s cluster sequencing process.”

Original artice – https://business-live.co.uk/all-about/yorkshire-humber

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