A review of Net Zero Teesside

Net Zero Teesside is public-private partnership that aims to foster CCUS infrastructure and industry development in the greater Teesside region of England.

From the executive summary of Net Zero Teesside Economic Benefits Report (2020):

Net Zero Teesside offers the opportunity for a regeneration of Tees Valley and for the UK to take the first step in unlocking the long-term benefits of carbon capture, utilisation and storage. The Net Zero Teesside (NZT) project is an ambitious but credible pathway to achieve a decarbonised industrial cluster at Teesside capable of capturing and storing up to 10 Mtpa of CO2 by 2030. This represents a major infrastructure investment for Teesside and the UK, and is a first step in unlocking the potential climate and economic benefits from carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS).

Deploying CCUS at scale by 2030 is essential in order for the UK to meet its 2050 net zero emissions target. CCUS technologies are needed for firm low-carbon generation, to decarbonise existing industrial facilities, to produce low-carbon hydrogen for use in transport and for heat, and to generate negative emissions using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS). Despite a false start during the last decade, the UK is again ready to start deploying commercial scale CCUS. Momentum for CCUS is accelerating, driven by increasing public concerns about climate change, the government’s commitment to net zero emissions by 2050, and the announcement of £800m to support the development of CCUS in this year’s budget (HM Treasury, 2020). NZT offers the opportunity to pioneer these essential technologies in a place with a rich industrial heritage and help the UK meet its ambitious climate commitments.

The main project partners involved in this initiative include:

  • The Northern Endurance Partnership - " formed in 2020 as the CO2 transportation and storage company which will deliver the onshore and offshore infrastructure needed to capture carbon from a range of emitters across Teesside and the Humber and transport to offshore storage in the Endurance store."

  • NZT Power - Responsible for the construction, operation and decommissioning of the gas-fired power station together with the equipment required for the capture of its CO2 emissions.

  • BOC - The largest provider of industrial, medical and special gases in the UK and Ireland, supplying different types of gas, and gas mixtures to more than 400,000 customers in an range of industries.

  • CF Fertiliser - The UK’s premier fertiliser manufacturer, making 40% of the UK fertiliser needs. Alongside this sits the production of half a million tonnes of chemicals and the supply of utilities to Teesside businesses.
    *** Kellas** - An independent energy infrastructure company that owns and operates critical midstream infrastructure, running it safely and efficiently and building new business around Net Zero.

  • H2Teesside (bp) - bp’s world-scale hydrogen project that aims to produce 1GW of blue hydrogen starting in 2027, capturing and sending for storage up to two million tonnes of carbon dioxide p/a through the NEP.

  • Suez - A driving force in the emerging low-carbon circular economy. Recovering value, generating energy, and optimising the cycle of water and materials used while protecting the environment.

  • TV ERF - A proposed Energy Recovery Facility in the heart of Tees Valley that could see 450,000 tonnes of waste a year being used to generate electricity, and potentially heating nearby homes and businesses.

  • 8 Rivers - Developing sustainable, infrastructure-scale solutions to important societal problems, using a unique model to commercialize technologies in fields that require creative disruption and outside thinking.

NZT’s website includes a 'Supplier Contact Form’:

NZT Power wants to engage with innovative, technology-led supply chain companies who share our ambition to make Teesside part of the UK’s first decarbonized industrial cluster, the East Coast Cluster. We want to maximise local content in the procurement approach, benefitting the regions closest to Teesside. NZT Power is encouraging UK-based suppliers, including SMEs, to register their interest below, particularly those with connections in Teesside.

Is this something that OpenAir could join?

An Overview of Industry on Teesside


Traditionally Middlesbrough was established as a coal port which lead to it becoming the life blood of the iron and steel Industry . In 1829 a group of Quaker business headed by Joseph Pease purchased a farmstead and its estate and planned to build a town to supply the newly formed coal port with labour.


Today the wider Teesside area is best known for its chemical industries with the following industries all having significant operations

  • Huntsmen

  • Ineos

  • Sabic

  • CF Fertiliser

  • Sembcorp (a leading supplier of sustainable solutions supporting the UK’s transition to net zero )

Other key sectors include

  • Energy and Renewables

  • Logistics

  • Offshore

  • Business services

  • Life sciences

  • Advanced manufacturing and engineering

The Tees Valley is also a key sector for the oil and gas sector for the North East and has produced more than 70% of the oil platforms and heavy engineering for the North Sea .

Future (From Teesbusiness.co.uk and included as possible strategic partners)

  1. Cataly systems - Providers of technologies to purify water with challenging contaminants reducing TOC and COD as well as treating Pathogens bacteria and viruses.

  2. Water Treatment - specialises in water and waste water treatment such as boiler water cooling water and heating systems to prevent and control diseases such as legionella

  3. Exworld Technology. Contract manufacturers specialising in particle technology
    4 Fuji film Dynosynth Technologies - operates world class bio processing facilities
    5 Tomlinson Hall A leading supply chain industry in the chemical process industry specialising in pumps, power transmission equipment and engineering supplies

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Here is a google map with a number of industrial sites marked that could be relevant to CDR applications. Will continue to fill out as new ones are discovered. Teesside CDR Integration Opportunities - Google My Maps