Decarbonisation challenge accelerated with new infrastructure in the North Sea

Decarbonisation challenge accelerated with new infrastructure in the North Sea

bp, Eni, Equinor, National Grid, Shell and Total today confirmed they have formed a new partnership, the Northern Endurance Partnership (NEP), to develop offshore carbon dioxide (CO2) transport and storage infrastructure in the UK North Sea, with bp as operator.

This infrastructure will serve the proposed Net Zero Teesside (NZT) and Zero Carbon Humber (ZCH) projects that aim to establish decarbonised industrial clusters in Teesside and Humberside.

  • bp, Eni, Equinor, National Grid, Shell and Total form Northern Endurance Partnership to develop offshore carbon dioxide infrastructure in the UK North Sea, with bp as operator
  • Northern Endurance Partnership submits bid for funding through UK Government’s Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge for project that will serve Net Zero Teesside and Zero Carbon Humber projects on the UK’s East coast
  • bp and Equinor join National Grid in the licence for Endurance, the UK’s largest and most well-understood saline aquifer for carbon storage

NZT and ZCH are at-scale decarbonisation projects that will kick start decarbonisation of industry and power in two of the UK’s largest industrial clusters. Both projects aim to be commissioned by 2026 with realistic pathways to achieve net zero as early as 2030 through a combination of carbon capture, hydrogen and fuel-switching. If successful, NEP linked to NZT and ZCH will allow decarbonisation of nearly 50% of the UK’s industrial emissions.

NEP has submitted a bid for funding through Phase 2 of the UK Government’s Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge, aiming to accelerate the development of an offshore pipeline network to transport captured CO2 emissions from both NZT and ZCH to offshore geological storage beneath the UK North Sea.

The £170 million Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge is part of the £4.7bn Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund set up by the UK Government to address the biggest industrial and societal challenges using research and development based in the UK. NEP’s application for funding is an important step towards enabling the development of integrated offshore carbon storage for NZT and ZCH in the UK Southern North Sea.

The application follows the approval by the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) of the addition of bp and Equinor alongside National Grid to the Endurance carbon storage licence. This affirms the strategic importance of the Endurance reservoir as the most mature large-scale saline aquifer for CO2 storage in the offshore UK Continental Shelf, that can enable industrial decarbonisation from both clusters.

bp will lead the Northern Endurance Partnership as operator and the team progressing the project will draw on expertise from across all the partners.

Andy Lane, vp of CCUS solutions at bp and managing director for Net Zero Teesside, said: “The formation of the Northern Endurance Partnership is another significant milestone towards developing the offshore infrastructure that will be needed to safely transport and store CO2 from CCUS projects along England’s east coast. The partnership and our joint bid demonstrate industry’s willingness to come together and collaborate wherever possible to accelerate making CCUS a reality in the UK, helping to decarbonise the local economy and contributing to the UK’s climate goals.”

Grete Tveit, senior vice president for low carbon solutions at Equinor, said: “Carbon capture and storage is a crucial technology for reaching the goals of the Paris Agreement and we are committed to working with others to create real change. We believe that with our partners in the Humber, Teesside and the Northern Endurance Partnership we can deliver deep decarbonisation of these major UK industrial clusters using CCUS and hydrogen, safeguarding jobs and helping develop world-leading low carbon expertise that can play a leading role in the UK’s journey to net zero by 2050.”

Martin Cook, senior vice president for business development for National Grid Ventures, said: “National Grid sits at the heart of the UK’s energy system and we want to contribute to the economic recovery through investing in solutions to support a net zero future.  The Northern Endurance Partnership will channel the extensive experience of its members to develop and deliver the offshore transport and storage infrastructure we need to unlock the enormous benefits of deploying CCUS across the Humber and Teesside. We’re delighted to start working together with five really world class energy companies to deliver a solution that will play a critical role in decarbonising the UK’s largest industrial heartland and protecting tens of thousands of jobs in the process.”

About Net Zero Teesside:

Net Zero Teesside is a Carbon Capture, Utilisation 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 fully decarbonise a cluster of carbon-intensive businesses by as early as 2030. Net Zero Teesside comprises a consortium of five OGCI members – bp, Eni, Equinor, Shell and Total, with bp leading as operator. From the mid-2020s, the Project plans to capture up to 10 million tonnes of COemissions each year, equivalent to the emissions associated with the annual energy use of up to 3 million homes in the UK. To learn more about Net Zero Teesside, please visit www.netzeroteesside.co.uk

About Zero Carbon Humber

The Zero Carbon Humber partnership comprises twelve leading companies and organisations working together to create the world’s first net zero industrial cluster by 2040 in the UK’s largest industrial cluster through low carbon hydrogen, carbon capture and negative emissions, known as carbon removal technology. With its first project coming online as early as 2026, ZCH expects to capture at least 17 million tonnes of CO2 emissions per year from projects across the Humber by the mid-2030s. The ZCH Partnership includes Associated British Ports, British Steel, Centrica Storage Ltd, Drax Group, Equinor, Mitsubishi Power, National Grid Ventures, px Group, SSE Thermal, Saltend Cogeneration Company Limited, Uniper, and the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC). To learn more, please visit www.zerocarbonhumber.co.uk

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Renewables to quench PepsiCo thirst for power

Renewables to quench PepsiCo thirst for power

PepsiCo plans to source 100% renewable electricity across all of its company-owned and controlled operations globally by 2030 and across its entire franchise and third-party operations by 2040.

To achieve the target, PepsiCo will employ a diversified portfolio of solutions, including power purchase agreements (PPAs) that will support the development of new projects such as solar and wind farms, as well as through purchased energy certificates.

The company will also continue to expand its growing list of onsite wind and solar projects at its facilities around the world.

For example, PepsiCo’s global headquarters (pictured) in Purchase, New York, installed rooftop solar energy panels earlier this year.

The drinks giant said the announcement builds upon the company’s global efforts to increase its use of renewable energy sources and its transition to renewable electricity in the US, its largest market, announced earlier this year.

It said that the transition has the potential to reduce approximately 2.5 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions by 2040, the equivalent of taking more than half a million cars off the road for a full year.

PepsiCo currently procures renewable electricity in 18 countries, nine of which already meet 100% of their electricity demand from clean power sources.

With the shift to renewable electricity in the US underway this year, the company is currently on track to source 56% of its electricity through renewable sources globally by the end of 2020.

PepsiCo chief sustainability officer Jim Andrew said: “With the devastating effects of climate change being felt around the world, and the global food system under significant strain, accelerated action is needed.

“We know the responsibility that comes with our size and scale, so transitioning PepsiCo’s global business operations to 100% renewable electricity is the right step forward to deliver meaningful impact as we continue to advance our sustainability agenda.”

The announcement also means PepsiCo will join the RE100, an initiative led by the Climate Group in partnership with CDP, to bring together the world’s most influential companies committed to 100% renewable electricity.

RE100 head at the Climate Group Sam Kimmins said: “By transforming their global business operations to renewable electricity, PepsiCo is demonstrating a strong commitment to combat climate change, whilst underlining the business case for renewables.

“By investing in development of new solar and wind farms around the world to meet their target, PepsiCo is making a really tangible contribution to accelerating the clean energy transition.”

 

 

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BP to power Microsoft with renewable electricity

BP to power Microsoft with renewable electricity

BP will supply renewable energy to Microsoft as part of a wider a strategic cooperation between the two companies.

The companies signed a framework agreement for renewable energy projects to ‎provide clean electricity to help power Microsoft’s data centres.
BP will supply renewable ‎energy to Microsoft across multiple countries and regions including the US, Europe and Latin ‎America.

The agreement will contribute to Microsoft’s 100% renewable energy goal by 2025.

The two companies will collaborate as strategic partners to “further digital transformation” in energy systems and advance the net zero carbon goals of each partner.

This includes a collaborating on digital solutions, the continued use of Microsoft Azure as a cloud-based solution for BP infrastructure.

BP regions, citie and solutions vice president William Lin said: “BP is determined to get to net zero and to help the world do the same.

“No one can do it alone – partnerships with leading companies like Microsoft, with aligned ambitions, are going to be key to achieving this.

“By bringing our complementary skills and experience together, we are not only helping each other achieve our decarbonisation ambitions but also creating opportunities to support others on their journey towards reducing carbon emissions.”

Microsoft worldwide commercial business executive vice president Judson Althoff added: “BP shares our vision for a net zero carbon future, and we are committed to working together to drive reductions in carbon emissions and fulfil demand with new renewable energy sources.

“A strategic partnership such as this enables each organization to bring its unique expertise for industry-leading change and the potential to positively impact billions of lives around the world.”

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BP, Eni, Equinor, Shell and Total form consortium to develop the Net Zero Teesside project and accelerate potential of UK’s first zero-carbon cluster

BP, Eni, Equinor, Shell and Total form consortium to develop the Net Zero Teesside project and accelerate potential of UK’s first zero-carbon cluster

Today in Teesside, UK, OGCI Climate Investments – the $1B+ investment fund of The Oil and Gas Climate Initiative – will announce the formation of a consortium of OGCI members – BP, Eni, Equinor, Shell and Total, with BP as operator – to accelerate the development of the Net Zero Teesside project, previously known as the Clean Gas Project.

  • BP, Eni, Equinor, Shell and Total assume leadership of the Net Zero Teesside project, with BP as operator, transitioning the project from OGCI Climate Investments
  • Net Zero Teesside to announce MoUs with 3 existing industrial partners to decarbonise local industry at the official launch event held in Middlesbrough
  • An extensive impact assessment on the construction phase of the project estimates an annual gross benefit of up to £450 million for the Teesside region and the support of up to 5,500 direct jobs.

The partners bring global experience of carbon capture, utilisation and storage technology and are committed to working closely with the UK government and local stakeholders, including the Tees Valley Mayor and Combined Authority, to develop the Net Zero Teesside project to deliver the UK’s first zero carbon cluster. With the right government support the project has an ambitious yet achievable potential start-up date of the mid-2020s.

The project will decarbonise local industry by building a transportation and storage system to gather industrial CO2, compress it and store it safely in a reservoir under the North Sea. The transportation and storage infrastructure will encourage new investment in the region from industries that wish to store or use CO2. In addition, a combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) facility with carbon capture technology will provide low carbon power as a complement to renewable energy sources and underpin the investment in the infrastructure.

Pratima Rangarajan, CEO of OGCI Climate Investments, said: “Net Zero Teesside is a demonstration of OGCI’s commitment to accelerating CCUS on a global scale. It’s the anchor project, first ideated at the UK Energy Technologies Institute (ETI), developed into an industrial carbon cluster within OGCI Climate Investments and  now, the first hub within OGCI’s CCUS Kickstarter initiative.  This transfer of ownership to the OGCI consortium is proof of how OGCI’s initiative is successfully supporting emerging hubs.”

Andy Lane, Managing Director of Net Zero Teesside, commented: “Its advantageous location, advanced planning stage, the expertise of our world class project partners and government support for decarbonisation in the UK mean Net Zero Teesside is uniquely positioned to become the UK’s first decarbonised cluster. The formation of such a powerful partnership led by BP demonstrates the industry’s commitment to the UK government’s net zero targets. We’re hugely excited to see Teesside back at the forefront of UK industry and want the project to progress further.”

Ben Houchen, Tees Valley Mayor, said: “Net Zero Teesside represents the next step in our ambitions for Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool to become a pioneer in clean energy, driving almost half a billion pounds into the regional economy and boosting the wider UK by £3.2billion. This world-leading industrial-scale decarbonisation project will safeguard and create 5,500 good quality, well paid jobs for local people. It will act as a beacon for new technologies and further investment as other companies are attracted to our area, while helping the UK achieve its clean energy potential.”

Net Zero Teesside will also announce at its official launch event in Middlesbrough today that it has signed memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with 3 existing industrial partners demonstrating the strong local commitment to decarbonising existing local industry. The MOUs support the continued engagement between the parties in evaluating the technical and commercial case for capture of CO2 from the industrial plant for safe storage.

Attendees at the event including MPs, policy makers, business leaders and local stakeholders will hear from speakers about the significant role Net Zero Teesside will play in helping the UK reach its net zero 2050 greenhouse gas emissions target whilst delivering an annual gross benefit of up to £450 million for the Teesside region and the support of up to 5,500 direct jobs.

Net Zero Teesside would be the first major development to be based on the South Tees Development Corporation site. The launch event today comes just days after the Tees Valley Mayor struck a landmark deal to secure the land at the former SSI steelworks site and bring it back into public ownership, ready for future redevelopment.

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About Net Zero Teesside:

Net Zero Teesside is a Carbon Capture, Utilisation 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 fully decarbonise a cluster of carbon-intensive businesses by as early as 2030. Net Zero Teesside is currently led by OGCI Climate Investments and has direct project support from five of OGCI’s members: BP, ENI, Equinor, Shell and Total. From the mid 2020s, the Project plans to capture up to 10 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions each year, equivalent to the annual energy use of up to 3 million homes in the UK. To learn more about Net Zero Teesside, please visit www.netzeroteesside.co.uk

About OGCI Climate Investments

OGCI Climate Investments is a $1B+ fund that invests in solutions to decarbonize sectors like oil and gas, industrials and commercial transport. We look for outcomes that reduce methane and carbon dioxide emissions, and that can recycle or store carbon dioxide. Achieving significant impact requires global implementation and commercial frameworks – at OGCI Climate Investments, we collaborate with innovators, investors and governments to fund and implement impactful solutions. To learn more about OGCI Climate Investments, please visit www.oilandgasclimateinitiative.com/climate-investments

About OGCI

The Oil and Gas Climate Initiative is a CEO-led consortium that aims to accelerate the industry response to climate change. OGCI member companies explicitly support the Paris Agreement and its goals. As leaders in the industry, accounting for over 30% of global operated oil and gas production, we aim to leverage our collective strength and expand the pace and scope of our transitions to a low-carbon future, so helping to achieve net zero emissions as early as possible. Our members collectively invest around $7B each year in low carbon solutions. OGCI Climate Investments, our $1B+ fund, invests in solutions to decarbonize sectors like oil and gas, industrials and commercial transport. To learn more about OGCI, please visit www.oilandgasclimateinitiative.com

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Leeds GSC First Phase Energisation

Leeds GSC First Phase Energisation

Leeds General Infirmary Generating Station Complex (GSC) First Phase Energisation

Leeds General Infirmary Generating Station Complex (GSC) HV Switchgear replacement project – the first phase has now been energised.

To meet the increasing electrical load requirements of Leeds Royal Infirmary Powersystems successfully secured a £1.2m contract with ENGIE to replace the HV switchgear against strong local competition.

The added complexity of replacing the existing HV switchboard and NER in 4 phases within the existing HV Switchroom, showcases Powersystems technical ability.   Our reputation for exceeding expectations on technical know-how, quality and safety being the major contributor to our success.

Whilst ENGIE Services Ltd responsible for the wider contract to replace and upgrade the generation and HV/LV infrastructure feeding Leeds General Infirmary buildings, Powersystems scope was to deliver the following:

  • Design, supply, install and commission a new 17 Panel 11kV Switchboard, including all protection relays and system interfacing.
  • Remove an existing 18 panel 11kV, Double Busbar Switchboard.
  • Carry out temporary diversions/connections on new and existing HV cabling to ensure the continued operation of the generating Station complex.
  • Carry out scheduled cable changeovers from existing to new HV equipment.
  • Supply and install a new Neutral Earthing Resistor Panel (NER) within the HV Switchroom, including all HV, earthing and control cabling.
  • Supply and install all control cabling between the new HV switchboard and Local HMI/DCS Panels.
  • Configure and commission relays for all Incomers, Generator Feeders and Transformer Feeders.
  • Use in house expertise to configure and commission relays to use the new communications protocol IEC 61850 allowing for remote circuit breaker operation and relay monitoring through HMI and DCS.
  • Supply and install 2 new 1500kVA, 11,000/415V KNAN Transformers as well as associated LV AWA Single Core cabling to the Main LV Panels.
  • Design, supply, install and commission a new 110V DC Battery Charger supplying the HV Switchboard, NER Panel, NER control panel and LV panels within the GSC.
  • Install cable containment throughout the GSC for new and existing HV/LV cable.
  • Provide all Operation and Maintenance manuals as well as onsite training for the operations staff.

Powersystems have worked very successfully throughout the deliver phases with our client and their sub-contractors, reinforcing our reputation for technical competency, flexibility and commercial integrity. 

This has subsequently led to our client inviting us to tender a number of further complex HV equipment replacement projects across the UK.

The image attached shows Powersystems Project Engineer Darren Sampson carrying out final commissioning checks on the new section of 11kV switchgear Powersystems have installed as the first phase of our client ENGIE’s project to replace the existing 18 panel 11kV double busbar switchboard at Leeds General Infirmary Generation Complex.

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