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  • 15 March 2024
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LIBERTY Steel selected for major UK carbon capture pipeline contract

LIBERTY Steel today announces that its Hartlepool pipes division has been selected for a major contract to supply pipelines to the key UK energy infrastructure development by Northern Endurance Partnership (NEP) and Net Zero Teesside Power (NZT Power) making significant cuts to UK carbon emissions.

LIBERTY Pipes Hartlepool (LPH) will deliver onshore and offshore linepipe to the Teesside-based project, one of eight engineering, procurement and construction packages awarded with a combined value of around £4bn. NEP aims to build the CO2 transportation and storage infrastructure to serve East Coast Cluster carbon capture projects, while NZT Power aims to be one of the world’s first commercial scale gas-fired power stations with carbon capture.

LPH’s specialist expertise can drive development of new energy infrastructure in the UK and around the world, creating jobs, strengthening energy security and supporting energy transition in line with LIBERTY’s wider decarbonisation strategy. LPH last year successfully passed trials to become the first UK producer and one of a handful globally of pipelines for safe transportation and storage of hydrogen, a major step in LIBERTY’s aim to support the UK’s development of low carbon hydrogen technologies.

Final contract award will be subject to receipt of regulatory clearances and final investment decisions (FID) being taken in September 2024 or earlier. Pipe production for NEP and NZT Power is expected to commence in Q1 2025. The projects would be aiming for first commercial operations from 2027.

Jeffrey Kabel, LIBERTY Steel’s Chief Transformation Officer said:

“LIBERTY Pipes Hartlepool is extremely proud to have been selected to support this flagship project – a landmark first of hopefully one of many similar projects in the UK, and internationally, that the business hopes to be involved in.  As a UK-based manufacturer, we are committed to supporting job creation, and generating meaningful economic benefits, in the local community.  LIBERTY Pipes Hartlepool has an extensive track record in the North Sea and now, in line with our long-term strategy, we are pleased to extend our involvement in support of new Energy Transition infrastructure.  We look forward to delivering the project safely and to the satisfaction of our client.”

Further information from:

Andrew Mitchell

Head of Communications – UK


+44 7516 029522
Tetiana Levchenko

Communications Manager – LIBERTY Steel UK

+44 7771 608404


Note to the editors:

LIBERTY Steel Group, part of the GFG Alliance and a leading GREENSTEEL producer, is a global integrated steel business bringing together assets across the steel supply chain, from production of liquid steel from raw and recycled materials through to high value precision engineered steels. With a total rolling capacity of 20 million tonnes, 200+ manufacturing locations globally across 10 countries and employing more than 30,000 people, LIBERTY Steel’s furnaces, mills, services centres and distribution sites across the UK, continental Europe, Australia, the United States and China serve demanding sectors such as construction, energy, aerospace, automotive, and infrastructure. LIBERTY Steel is a leader in sustainable industry with a mission to become Carbon Neutral by 2030 (CN30). 

NEP, a joint venture between bp, Equinor, and TotalEnergies, is the CO2 transportation and storage provider for the East Coast Cluster (ECC). The Teesside onshore NEP infrastructure would serve the Teesside-based carbon capture projects – NZT Power, H2Teesside and Teesside Hydrogen CO2 Capture – that were selected for first connection to the ECC by DESNZ in March 2023 as part of the UK’s cluster sequencing process for carbon capture usage and storage (CCUS). It is anticipated that around 4 million tonnes of CO2 per year from these projects would be transported and stored from 2027.

NZT Power, a joint venture between bp and Equinor, could generate up to 860 megawatts of flexible, dispatchable low-carbon power equivalent to the average electricity requirements of around 1.3 million UK homes1. Up to 2 million tonnes of CO2 per year would be captured at the plant, and then transported and securely stored by the NEP in subsea storage sites beneath the North Sea. NZT Power could create and support more than 3,000 construction jobs and then require around 1,000 jobs annually during operations until 2050.

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