Tees Valley Net Zero News

UK Government Greenlights Net Zero Power Station in Teesside

Engineer with tablet computer on a background of Hydrogen factory

The UK government’s endorsement of a net zero power station in Teesside is a major step forward in the pursuit of sustainable energy. The approval of a development consent order (DCO) for the Net Zero Teesside (NZT) Power project by the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero emphasises the scheme’s critical national role and paves the way for significant advancements.

Located at the Teesworks site near Redcar, this groundbreaking power station is a joint effort by bp and Equinor to lead in clean energy production. As the first gas-fired power station with carbon capture and storage capabilities, it aims to supply up to 860 megawatts of low-carbon electricity, enough for over one million homes.

Central to the NZT Power project is its dedication to reducing environmental impact, particularly through capturing and securely storing carbon emissions under the North Sea. The DCO’s approval marks a crucial step, allowing construction to begin, with Chris Musgrave, the project’s chairman, expressing optimism about the project’s progression.

In addition to environmental goals, the NZT Power project is expected to stimulate economic growth and create up to 4,000 jobs, significantly benefiting the local economy. It also supports Teesside’s ambitions in carbon capture and storage, contributing to the region’s net zero objectives and attracting further investment.

Paul Morrison, the Planning Inspectorate’s chief executive, emphasised the careful consideration of community input and evidence, ensuring the project aligns with local and environmental standards. With a final investment decision due later this year and operations expected to start by 2027, the project marks a significant step towards clean, sustainable energy and reinforces Teesside’s leading role in innovative, eco-friendly industry practices.