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Committee holds Teesside evidence session on CCUS

17 January 2019

The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee is visiting Teesside on Thursday 17 January as part of its inquiry on carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) and efforts to kickstart this technology in the UK.

The BEIS Committee will be holding an evidence hearing at Wilton Centre business and science park from 2.30pm where it will quiz witnesses representing the five key areas for CCUS industry clusters (Teesside, Humberside, Merseyside, South Wales, North East Scotland).

Teesside - key region for CCUS

Anna Turley, Labour MP for Redcar and Member of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee, said:

"Teesside is a key region for the development of CCUS, capitalising on the skills and infrastructure in the area and offering the opportunity for this modern, green industry to help secure jobs and investment in the future. In the BEIS Committee’s inquiry, we are testing the extent of the Government’s ambitions for CCUS and examining what actions and policy decisions need to be made to ensure that large-scale use of CCUS becomes a reality both in Teesside and in other key regions across the UK."

As part of their visit to Teesside on Thursday for the CCUS inquiry, members of the BEIS Committee will be meeting with a range of local stakeholders and visiting sites including CF Fertilisers, the Wilton International manufacturing site, and Sembcorp power station.

Purpose of the session

The session is likely to examine issues around the industrial challenges and opportunities around CCUS, the potential impact of CCUS on local economies, reactions to the Government’s Action Plan and proposed funding for CCUS, business models to bring CCUS forwards, and long-term potential for collaboration between clusters in different areas.

Witnesses

Thursday 17 January 2019, Wilton Centre business and science park

At 2.30pm

  • Andy Lewis, Future Role of Gas Innovation Manager, Cadent Gas
  • Dr Geraint Evans, CATCH Advisor, CATCH
  • Professor Jon Gibbins, Director, UK CCS Research Centre
  • Pete Whitton, Managing Director, Progressive Energy
  • Peter Quinn, Head of Environmental Policy and Strategy, Tata Steel
  • Steve Murphy, Finance Director, Pale Blue Dot Energy
  • Lord Haskins, Joint Lead for Energy, Northern Powerhouse 11.
  • Andy Koss, Chief Executive, Drax Power
  • Jonathan Briggs, CCS Stakeholder Manager, Oil & Gas Climate Initiative
  • Mark Lewis, Technology & Innovation Manager, Teesside Collective

The evidence session will not be web-cast. A transcript of the evidence session should be available on Friday (18 January).

Attend the session

Public entry: The evidence hearing will be open to the public and limited seating will be available at the venue. It would be helpful to the organisers if members of the public intending on attending could contact Tees Valley administration on 01624 524400.

Further information

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