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Balfour Beatty to help deliver Teesside carbon capture project

by Mark Cantrell
Balfour Beatty has been selected by bp to deliver one of the world's first commercial-scale gas-fired power and carbon capture projects.

Balfour Beatty has been selected by bp to deliver one of the world’s first commercial-scale gas-fired power and carbon capture projects.

Along with Technip Energies, and GE Vernova, Balfour Beatty has received a letter of intent from bp, on behalf of NZT Power Limited , to progress with the next phase of the Net Zero Teesside Power project (NZTP).

Leo Quinn, Balfour Beatty Group’s chief executive, said: “[This] announcement takes us a step closer to realising one of the world’s first commercial scale gas-fired power stations with carbon capture. It’s a significant milestone in delivering the critical infrastructure needed to transition the UK to net zero.

“Balfour Beatty’s market leading capabilities, underpinned by our unrivalled experience and proven track record in delivering complex infrastructure projects, means we are perfectly positioned to support the delivery of this critical project alongside Technip Energies and GE Vernova – proving on the world-stage that the UK is primed and ready to lead the way in decarbonising our industrial footprint.”

A joint venture between bp and Equinor, NZTP is poised to become one of the world’s first commercial scale gas-fired power stations with carbon capture, and it is expected to capture up to 2m tonnes of CO2 per year.

The project is set to provide flexible, dispatchable low-carbon power equivalent to the average electricity requirements of around 1.3m UK homes.

In partnership with Technip Energies and GE Vernova, Balfour Beatty will construct a highly efficient combined-cycle plant, integrated with a state-of-the-art carbon capture plant using Technip Energies’ Canopy by T.ENTM solution powered by the Shell CANSOLV CO2 capture technology.

Balfour Beatty said it will bring its “deep domain knowledge and unique, end-to-end multidisciplinary capabilities” to deliver the landmark project, including the company’s industrial mechanical and electrical (M&E) heritage. It will make use of modular construction techniques to build the M&E equipment and plant rooms off-site, in a controlled factory setting.

Power players

Arnaud Pieton, chief executive of Technip Energies, said: “Our selection for the Net Zero Teesside Power project is a testament to Technip Energies’ growing leadership position as an integrated state-of-the-art CCUS solutions provider.

“By capturing up to 2m tonnes of CO2 at a large power plant, we collectively rise to the challenge of scale by providing sustainable and available energy at a large scale. With our partners GE Vernova and Balfour Beatty, we are honoured to contribute to this flagship project that supports bp and the UK in their goal of developing one of the first decarbonised industrial clusters in the world.”

Maví Zingoni, chief executive, power at GE Vernova, added: “The development of Net Zero Teesside Power, one of the world’s first commercial scale gas-fired power stations with carbon capture, marks a huge step towards supporting the UK government’s commitment to fully decarbonise its power system by 2035.

“GE Vernova will help bring proven expertise in natural gas combined cycle plant engineering, operability, and full-scale integration to support carbon abatement for this project. We believe post-combustion carbon capture can play a crucial role in reducing emissions and ensuring dispatchable power in the future.”

Balfour Beatty’s selection follows the recent granting of the Development Consent Order by the Secretary of State for the Department for Energy Security & Net Zero with the project shortlisted for UK government funding.

Final contract award will be subject to receipt of regulatory clearances and final investment decisions (FID) being taken in September 2024 or earlier.

Main image: An illustration of the Net Zero Teesside Power project


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