Consulting you on a cleaner future for our region
OCGI held it’s Stage 1 consultation on the Net Zero Teesside project between 7th October and 19th November. Four public consultation events were held between 15th – 19th October across Teesside (details below) to inform the local community and key stakeholders of our proposals.
The comments received in response to the Stage 1 consultation will be taken into account in developing our proposals further. A response to the comments received will be made available as part of our Stage 2 consultation on the project. At Stage 2 we will consult on our more developed proposals. Our Stage 2 consultation will take place in April/May 2020.
This page will be updated with details of the Stage 2 consultation, including the public consultation events to be held in late Spring 2020.
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DCO application process
Before the Net Zero Teesside project can be built, OGCI needs to apply for a Development Consent Order (a ‘DCO’) from the Secretary of State (‘SoS’) for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy ‘(BEIS’) under the Planning Act 2008.
Consultation is a key part of the DCO application process. Our initial (Stage 1) consultation was the first opportunity in the process for the local community and other stakeholders to comment upon our proposals. The DCO application process and our expected timescales for our application are summarised below.
- We are currently at the pre-application stage. Before submitting the DCO application we will carry out a further stage (Stage 2) of consultation.
- During the pre-application stage, we will engage with the local community and other stakeholders and at Stage 2 we will consult on our more developed proposals and the environmental information that has been assembled for the Net Zero Teesside project. The comments we receive will help inform the development of our proposals and the finalisation of the DCO application.
- As required by the Planning Act 2008, we will prepare a Consultation Report showing how we have taken into account the comments received during our consultation on the project.
- The DCO application will be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate (‘PINS’), which administers the application process for the SoS. Following submission of the application PINS will first decide, on behalf of the SoS and within a prescribed period of 28 days, whether to accept the application for examination. If accepted, PINS will then appoint an independent inspector or panel of inspectors, also known as the Examining Authority (‘ExA’), who will examine the application on behalf of the SoS.
Further details on the DCO application process can be found at: https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/application-process/the-process/
What were the aims of the stage 1 consultation?
The aims of our Stage 1 Consultation were to:
- introduce the Net Zero Teesside project and explain how a full chain CCUS project would work;
- show the areas under consideration for the various elements of the project;
- provide details of the studies being undertaken to assess the potential environmental effects of the project; and
- obtain feedback from the local community and other stakeholders to help inform the development of our proposals.
We recognise that early involvement of the local community, local authorities, statutory consultees and other stakeholders provides benefits for all parties, by:
- helping local people understand the potential nature and local impact of the project;
- enabling members of the community to engage the project by providing feedback on potential options, helping to shape the proposals and maximise local benefits;
- enabling members of the community to obtain important information about the potential economic, social and environmental impacts of the project; and
- identifying ways in which the project could support wider strategic or local objectives.
We intend to carry out effective and meaningful pre-application consultation as part of our strategy of preparing a robust DCO application, taking account of the issues raised during consultation.
What we consulted on at Stage 1
Our Stage 1 consultation was used to introduce Net Zero Teesside to the local community. Information was provided regarding who we are, why the project is being developed and what it will comprise. Across a range of consultation methods the information provided included:
- the ‘need’ for the project and how it will contribute to the UK government’s Clean Growth Strategy and achieving ‘net zero’;
- the type of technology that may be employed;
- the proposed power station, carbon capture plant and booster station and the options being considered for the gas, electricity and water connections and CO2 pipelines;
- opportunities to connect to other power stations with and/or for carbon capture;
- initial environmental findings and the Environmental Impact Assessment (‘EIA’) work that will be undertaken;
- the timeline for the project and key milestones; and
- how comments and feedback could be provided and the deadline for the receipt of these.
Stage 1 Consultation Display Boards
What happens next?
The comments and responses received during the Stage 1 consultation will be used to inform our proposals as our technical and environmental studies progress.
The project website will be updated regularly throughout the pre-application stage. If you are looking for information as to how the Net Zero Teesside project is progressing, this will be the best place to start.
Our Stage 2 consultation will take place in April/May 2020. During this we will provide information regarding our more developed proposals and, where relevant, the preferred options for the project. We will publicise the Stage 2 consultation and the public consultation events closer to the time.
You can leave any comment you have on the Net Zero Teesside project by filing in the contact form below. You can also sign up to receive email updates on the Project by ticking the box.