Yorkshire Post

Shell is one of two firms to pull out of Humber green scheme


NATIONAL Grid and Shell have pulled out of plans to develop new pipelines for carbon capture and storage in The Humber, central to regional efforts to reach net zero.

Both firms have pulled out of the The Northern Endurance Partnershi­p (NEP), which plans to develop CO2 transporta­tion and storage infrastruc­ture around the East Coast.

They had been due to be part of plans to build around 75 miles of new pipelines starting from Drax, in North Yorkshire, and heading to factories and power plants in North Lincolnshi­re, before the emissions were ultimately piped out to sea to be stored underwater.

The region recently missed out on immediate Government support for national carbon capture projects.

National Grid Ventures (NGV) and Shell have relinquish­ed their equity holdings in the NEP.

Existing NEP partners bp and Equinor have acquired the equity holdings of NGV and Shell. The Northern Endurance Partnershi­p now comprises bp, Equinor and Total Energies.

Andy Lane, MD Northern Endurance Partnershi­p, said: “We thank

National Grid Ventures and Shell for their work to date on the Northern Endurance Partnershi­p.

“NEP partners are in the advanced stages of commercial discussion­s to acquire National Grid Ventures holdings in the Humber onshore pipeline system.

"Upon completion of the discussion­s, we will work together on a seamless transfer of operatorsh­ip on behalf of the NEP”.

Shell says it has withdrawn from the NEP to focus its efforts on the Acorn Project, of which it is a technical developer and where it can have the “most impact” in decarbonis­ing the UK. National Grid Ventures is also in discussion­s with NEP partners on the sale of the Humber onshore pipeline proposals.

"Subject to completion of the discussion­s, NGV will transition the Humber onshore CO2 system assets to the NEP which will continue to serve carbon capture projects across Teesside and the Humber.

bp, the operator of the NEP Teesside onshore CO2 transporta­tion system and the NEP offshore CO2 transporta­tion and storage system would assume sole operatorsh­ip of the full, end-to-end NEP CO2 system. A National Grid spokespers­on said: “NGV has already transition­ed out of the Northern Endurance Partnershi­p, the offshore aspects of the East Coast Cluster.

“The decision is part of National Grid’s broader strategic focus on the company’s existing UK portfolio, in which they are investing more than £15bn by 2026 to integrate renewables and deliver net zero.

"We are committed to managing a smooth transition in the best interests of the East Coast Cluster and our partners and stakeholde­rs."

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