Energy Minister Grant Shapps visited the CATS terminal operated by Kellas Midstream in Teesside during ‘Energy Week,’ as part of the government’s efforts to promote energy security and domestic gas supply in the UK. The CATS terminal, in partnership with Wood, handles a significant portion of the UK’s gas production and contributes to the nation’s domestic gas network. During the visit, Mr. Shapps discussed the UK’s energy security and its transition to net zero with Kellas’ executives and workforce. Kellas Midstream, based in Aberdeen, manages critical energy infrastructure assets in the Central and Southern North Sea, and they are also planning to build hydrogen production facilities on Teesside to support clean energy production in the region. The visit preceded an energy sector summit involving major companies like Shell, BP, and SSE, who are collectively investing over £100 billion in UK projects.
Building more power carbon capture and storage plants (Power CCS) could significantly accelerate the UK’s plans to decarbonise the GB electricity system on route to net zero, according to new analysis commissioned by SSE.
The UK Government’s proposed emissions reductions from electricity for 2035 could be accelerated to 2030 by combining its 50GW offshore wind ambition with a significant step up in deployment of Power CCS. This would require 7-9GW (equivalent to 10-12 plants) of Power CCS compared to the current commitment of at least one Power CCS plant mid-decade, according to experts at LCP Delta.