Efforts to kickstart UK technologies in carbon capture will be top of the agenda when Teesside hosts high-powered delegates from the House of Commons’ Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee.
The BEIS committee is visiting Teesside on Thursday January 17 as part of its inquiry on carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS).
The committee will be holding an evidence hearing at Wilton Centre business and science park, near Redcar, where it will quiz representatives of five key areas for CCUS industry clusters – Teesside, Humberside, Merseyside, South Wales and North East Scotland.
Anna Turley, Labour MP for Redcar and a member of the BEIS Committee, said: “Teesside is a key region for the development of CCUS, capitalising on the skills and infrastructure in the area and offering the opportunity for this modern, green industry to help secure jobs and investment in the future.
“In the BEIS Committee’s inquiry, we are testing the extent of the government’s ambitions for CCUS and examining what actions and policy decisions need to be made to ensure that large-scale use of CCUS becomes a reality both in Teesside and in other key regions across the UK.”
Tees Valley mayor Ben Houchen added: “I’m delighted to welcome MPs from the business and energy parliamentary committee to the Tees Valley.
“We already have the multibillion-pound Clean Gas Project on the starting blocks at the South Tees Development Corporation site, with a consortium of six energy giants bringing a huge clean gas power station utilising carbon capture and storage in the region.
“I’ll be following the outcome of this select committee with interest, to make sure we’re doing all we can to capitalise on our strengths in the sector, push forward innovation and create the types of good-quality jobs that will be around for decades to come.”
As part of their visit to Teesside, members of the BEIS Committee will be meeting with a range of local stakeholders and visiting sites including CF Fertilisers, the Wilton International manufacturing site and Sembcorp power station.
The session on Thursday is likely to examine issues around the industrial challenges and opportunities around carbon capture, the potential impact of CCUS on local economies, reactions to the government’s action plan and proposed funding for CCUS, business models to bring CCUS forwards, and long-term potential for collaboration between clusters in different areas.
The BEIS Committee’s inquiry on carbon capture follows earlier committee work on the government’s Clean Growth Strategy, which sets out the government’s aim to “deploy CCUS at scale during the 2030s, subject to costs coming down sufficiently”.
The government has established a CCUS cost challenge taskforce to explore options to bring forward cost reductions, which will report in summer 2018.
Carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) is a set of technologies which can together capture carbon dioxide from waste gases, and either ‘lock up’ this carbon dioxide in long-term storage or use it in industrial processes.