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Hundreds of businesses offered chance for part in new low-carbon project

At a recent webinar, supported by Tees Valley Combined Authority, hundreds of business bosses turned out to learn about the part they can play in the development of Net Zero Teesside Power’s carbon capture, utilisation and storage power plant.

The project will provide low-carbon electricity for up to 1.3 million homes and is part of the East Coast Cluster, which is the UK Government’s preferred project to lead the UK’s net zero ambitions. The East Coast Cluster has the potential to capture up to 20 million tonnes of Carbon Dioxide emissions every year, including Net Zero Teesside Power, and store it underneath the North Sea using a series of pipes.

The scheme aims to be up and running within the next five years and Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen welcomed more than 700 business delegates for what was one of several stakeholder engagement events:

“As more and more game-changing projects are becoming a reality right now in our region, we’re determined to do all we can to help brilliant supply chain businesses – from construction and engineering to digital, professional services and many more besides – benefit from these fantastic opportunities.

Net Zero Teesside Power is leading our local ambitions and that of the UK, to create a UK-first decarbonised industrial cluster. It is one of our key schemes as we drive forward the safer, cleaner and healthier sectors of tomorrow and there is a huge chance for local businesses to benefit.”

Other stakeholder events included Kellas Midstream showcasing its plans for the H2NorthEast low-carbon blue hydrogen production facility and SeaH Wind discussing how 180 local companies can get involved with its mammoth offshore wind monopile factory.

Work on Net Zero Teesside Power is moving quickly as late last year plans were submitted to remediate 150 acres of land at the Teesworks proposed site with the first contracts for a design and development competition awarded to two engineering consortiums. The scheme aims to be up and running within the next five years and could help to create 4000 jobs during its construction.

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