The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Select Committee has today (January 17) met in Tees Valley as part of its inquiry into the use of carbon capture, utilisation and storage in the UK.
A hearing was held at the Wilton Centre business and science park, where representatives for five of the UK’s key CCUS regions – Tees Valley, Humberside, Merseyside, South Wales and North East Scotland – addressed the panel.
The committee also visited sites including CF Fertilisers, the Wilton International site and Sembcorp, and met a range of local stakeholders to further understand the scope, challenges and opportunities for CCUS in Tees Valley.
The evidence hearing comes just weeks after it was revealed a world-first multibillion-pound energy project would be developed in the region, backed by OG Climate Investments, a consortium of six of the world’s biggest energy giants.
Branded the Clean Gas Project, it would be the world’s first gas-powered energy plant to fully deploy full-chain CCUS at scale, meaning CO2 from Teesside industry would be captured and then stored via pipelines under the North Sea.
Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “We have a plan to make the Tees Valley the clean growth capital of the UK – and carbon capture, utilisation and storage is one major plank in that plan. People are clearly taking serious notice of our ambitions, demonstrated by this committee of MPs sitting in the region today.
“Carbon capture, utilisation and storage will help the UK meet its decarbonisation targets while playing to our history of innovation, boosting our local economy and providing good-quality jobs for years to come. These first jobs are on the horizon, and we have everything we need to see the green energy sector grow and grow, bringing with it many more.
“I’ll be reading the findings of this committee with great interest as we continue in pole position for green energy projects, investment and funding.”