Eni UK has applied for a license to develop a Carbon Capture and Storeage (CSS) project in the southern North Sea’s depleted Hewett field.
The application, submitted to he North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA) is aimed at decarbonising the Bacton and Thames Estuary area, the Italian major said in a news release on 21 September.
The Hewett depleted gas field is an ideal site for permanent and safe CO2 storage with a total capacity of about 330 million tons, Eni said.
The carbon capture and storeage (CCS) project will store a significant volume of CO2 in the depleted Hewett reservoir, the equivalent to the carbon dioxide emissions of over 3 million homes or over 6 million cars per year.
Eni UK can leverage its extensive experience and subsurface knowledge of the Hewett depleted gas field, having operated safely the gas production in the area for over 40 years.
In addition, Eni UK announced the set up of the Bacton Thames Net Zero initiative with the aim to decarbonise and unlock new greener growth opportunities for the automotive, ceramics, food, materials, energy and waste disposal sectors in the UK South East. This would materially support the UK’s decarbonisation strategy.
Eni UK will play a pivotal role in this industry-led initiative by transporting and storing CO2 in the Hewett depleted gas field, that could be operational as early as 2027, the company said.
Eni UK will provide further added value to this initiative by leveraging on the ongoing technical and commercial experience gained from Liverpool Bay CCS and the wider HyNet NW Cluster, as an existing CO2 appraisal and storage license holder.
The collaboration of industrial partners under the Bacton Thames Net Zero initiative could contribute significantly to the development of a hydrogen economy in the UK and become a game-changer in addressing the decarbonisation needs of UK’s South-East, while supporting the UK ‘Net Zero’ targets.