Teesside Carbon Capture And Storage (CCS) Transport Infrastructure Backed By European Commission

  • Tees Valley’s proposal to build a cross-border transportation and storage (T&S) network in order to store CO2 from across Europe is approved as a European Project of Common Interest (PCI). PCI status is recognition of the strategic importance of the project to not just the UK, but to the whole of Europe.
  • Project includes construction of an onshore piping network to transport the CO2 generated in Teesside, a CO2 shipping terminal to import CO2 to the region from Europe, and an offshore pipe to transport the CO2 from Teesside to permanent storage in rocks under the North Sea, with further shipping terminals to be developed in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands.
  • This Project of Common Interest builds on Teesside’s plans to store CO2 from its own industry, and represents a huge boost to the area’s ambitions to be the centre for low carbon industrial development. By storing Europe’s CO2 in the large stores located close to Teesside, it represents a business proposition for the UK.
  • Teesside Collective, which is leading the project, is a ready-made solution which does not require any research or innovation, and includes potential to remove CO2 from one of the UK’s largest hydrogen plants, the UK’s largest fertiliser plant, a factory producing PET for plastic drinks bottles, and many more industrial plants in Teesside. We have presented a cost-effective finance model to Government.
  • The Project of Common Interest now allows Teesside to bid for funding from the Connecting Europe Fund to develop the project; this massive fund is only accessible by those projects deemed to be Projects of Common Interest.

 An application to form a Project of Common Interest (PCI) to create a Tees Valley-based T&S hub for CO2 has been accepted by the European Commission.

Led by the Tees Valley Combined Authority to support Teesside Collective’s proposed CCS network to help decarbonise the region’s industrial sites, the project includes construction of a series of piping networks and shipping facilities designed to move and store large amounts of CO2 from across Europe. The PCI builds on the regions existing plans to decarbonise its industry and will develop Teesside into a European CCS hub, with captured carbon from European countries shipped to the UK, processed at a purpose-built facility on Teesside, and stored in a nearby North Sea carbon storage site.

Key elements of the PCI include:

  • A shared onshore pipeline connecting industrial sites in Teesside, transporting captured CO2.
  • A 10 million tonne capacity import/export CO2 shipping terminal on Teesside with liquefaction, loading, storage, heating and pumping facilities for injection into shared pipe to store.
  • A large capacity offshore pipe with booster facilities connecting to a UK store for permanent geological storage.
  • CO2 shipping terminals in industrial regions across Europe to export CO2 and ship it to Teesside.

Projects are selected as PCIs based on criteria including the potential to have a significant impact on at least two EU countries, enhance security of supply, and contribute meeting energy and climate goals. The project would store 189 million tonnes of CO2 over its lifetime and would generate over £11 billion in social value. The benefits of the project outweigh the costs by over 5 to 1.

 As the leading CCS project in the UK, Teesside Collective is a ready-made solution which does not require any research or innovation, and includes potential to capture CO2 from one of the UK’s largest hydrogen plants. Technical work has already been undertaken to reduce cost and risk, and a cost-effective finance model has been presented to the UK Government. The total cost of a CCS network in Teesside, including access to a transportation and storage (T&S) network, is £58/tCO2, which makes Industrial CCS less expensive than many other low carbon technologies in enabling Government to meet its carbon reduction obligations at least cost.




Notes for editors


  1. For media enquiries please contact Matt Dolman (dolman@madano.com or 020 7593 4000). For more information on the technical work and finance models we’ve developed http://www.teessidecollective.co.uk/category/reports-publications/.
  2. Further information on Projects of Common Interest can be found here: https://ec.europa.eu/energy/en/topics/infrastructure/projects-common-interest
  1. Teesside Collective is being led by Tees Valley Combined Authority and the Tees Valley Local Enterprise Partnership, working with major employers in Teesside including Lotte Chemical, BOC, CF Fertilisers, Sembcorp Utilities UK and SABIC. All face stiff competition internationally and the prospect of escalating carbon permit prices in the future. These organisations are all members of NEPIC, the industrial cluster also active in the Collective.
  2. Teesside’s concentration of industrial emitters and proximity to potential storage sites under the North Sea mean the area is industrially and geographically suited to be the starting place for large-scale industrial decarbonisation in the UK. It would have far reaching benefits in terms of maintaining and growing the industrial base and workforce in the Tees Valley and the wider UK. It would also contribute to the significant cuts in emissions required to reduce UK carbon emissions by 80% by 2050. For more information on how low carbon technologies would impact the region:
    • An animation outlining the benefits low carbon technologies would bring to the region.
    • “Teesside 2030”, a short film exploring the economic and environmental benefits the scheme would have, from the perspective of the 2030s.
  3. CCS is a group of proven technologies that can capture, transport and permanently store up to 90% of the CO₂ emissions produced by burning fossil fuels, preventing them from entering the atmosphere. Teesside Collective’s premise is that a range of industries would be able to capture their emissions, plug them into a shared pipeline network, and send them for permanent storage under the North Sea.