BP has awarded Norway’s Shearwater GeoServices a contract to provide geophysical data processing and imaging for the East Coast Cluster CCUS project on behalf of the Northern Endurance Partnership.

The Northern Endurance Partnership — which consists of the BP-led Net Zero Teesside and Equinor-led Zero Carbon Humber partners — plans to sequester carbon dioxide from large emitters in the Humber and Teesside area.

“Shearwater is taking a leading role in supporting our clients to advance their carbon storage projects,” said Shearwater chief executive Irene Waage Basilli.

“We have the geophysical expertise, technologies and platforms to help our clients achieve their net zero and low carbon goals through developing carbon storage at scale, and we are pleased to support BP, and their partners, with this ground-breaking project.”

Shearwater’s UK Processing & Imaging centre, using the company’s Reveal software and Monsoon digital cloud programme, will execute the seismic data processing and imaging activity over a period of about eight months, supporting the Endurance carbon store offshore in the North Sea, where carbon dioxide will be sequestered.

“The southern North Sea has some of the most ideal carbon storage sites anywhere in the world, and the East Coast Cluster has the capacity to store up to 1 billion tonnes of CO2,” said Northern Endurance Partnership managing director Andy Lane.

“We are aiming for first injection from 2026, and by 2038 will be capturing and storing up to 23 million tonnes of CO2 per year from a wide range of industrial and power projects on Teesside and the Humber.

“We look forward to working with Shearwater on this first-of-a-kind carbon storage project that will create thousands of jobs and help establish the Teesside and Humber regions as a globally-competitive climate-friendly hub for industry and innovation”.

BP is bolstering the region’s energy transition education as well by providing Redcar & Cleveland College in Teesside £50,000 ($65,000) to develop the Clean Energy Education Hub, which would create career programmes to support clean energy projects in the area.

In March, 25 projects within the East Coast Cluster covering power, industrial carbon capture, and hydrogen, were shortlisted for evaluation in phase two of the UK government’s CCUS cluster sequencing process. An update on successful bids is expected from July.

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