Teesside Collective today announced the addition of a major industrial player to the group of companies working to decarbonise the UK’s industrial base. SABIC, which manufactures petrochemicals on Teesside, has become the latest member of the project, alongside BOC, Lotte Chemical UK, CF Fertilisers and Sembcorp Utilities UK, Tees Valley Unlimited and NEPIC.
SABIC is one of the world’s largest makers of chemicals, fertilisers and plastics and has operations at Wilton, near Redcar, and North Tees. It is a leading employer in the Teesside area, employing around 600 staff and an additional 400 contractors. The Teesside operations emit around 1.25 million tonnes of carbon dioxide a year.
SABIC brings to Teesside Collective expertise gained from operating the world’s largest carbon dioxide (CO2) utilisation plant in Saudi Arabia, which currently compresses around 1,500 tonnes of raw CO2 per day from the company’s glycol plants to make urea and methanol.
John Bruijnooge, Site Director of SABIC’s Teesside operations, said:
“We are excited to join Teesside Collective. It’s a leading green growth initiative in the UK aimed at attracting further investment to the region and reducing industrial carbon emissions. SABIC’s recent work on carbon re-use in Saudi Arabia has shown us first-hand the feasibility of Teesside Collective’s vision and the benefits that realising income streams can bring.”
SABIC joins at an important time for the project, following the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s confirmation of further funding for Teesside Collective’s work. The new funding will allow the cluster to scope out how Carbon Capture and Storage, carbon usage, hydrogen production and other technologies could reduce carbon emissions from industrial processes.
Teesside Collective published a Blueprint for Industrial Carbon Capture and Storage in the UK in July, based on DECC’s initial round of funding, which received widespread support among industry, environmental groups and in Government. Teesside Collective is also able to play a significant role in the development of a low carbon Northern Powerhouse.
Neil Kenley, Director of Business Investment at Tees Valley Combined Authority, said:
“SABIC is the second new industrial partner to join Teesside Collective in the last six months. This demonstrates the positive direction and growing support behind our work to decarbonise UK industry. We are determined to drive forward with our vision of a sustainable and prosperous future for the UK, based on the advantages and cost-effectiveness of collaboration with other similar clusters up and down the East Coast.”