Teessiders are being encouraged to have their say on a world-first energy project set to bring thousands of jobs to the area.
Net Zero Teesside is the UK’s first industrial cluster aiming to cut carbon emissions from Teesside’s heaviest polluters by as early as 2030.
A major consultation on the second stage of the project is underway including locations, routes and the design and layout.
Net Zero Teesside will either store or use the carbon dioxide emitted by industry, taking advantage of enormous storage sites beneath the North Sea and carbon capture utilisation and storage technology.
The consultation will help make Teessiders “fully aware of the project”, how it could contribute to decarbonising the UK’s economy – and how Teesside can make the most of its benefits.
Views will also be sought on the potential effects of the project, its construction and impact on the environment.
Five of the world’s biggest energy companies – BP, Eni, Equinor, Shell and Total – are behind Net Zero Teesside (NZT). It will be operated by BP.
It is believed the project could support up to 5,500 direct jobs and £450m in direct GVA during the construction phase alone.
Its carbon capture and storage and fuel production system could safeguard between 35% and 70% of the existing manufacturing workforce on Teesside, which amounts to at least 7,000 jobs.
Andy Lane, the project’s managing director, said: “We believe Net Zero Teesside an plat a vital role in the UK’s green recovery while generating substantial direct economic benefits for Teesside and the UK.”
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