New initiative set to target “substantive decarbonisation” of South East


Eni UK has unveiled plans for a Bacton Thames Net Zero Initiative after applying for a carbon storage license for the depleted Hewett field in the Southern North Sea (SNS).

The Bacton Thames Net Zero Initiative, launched in support of the application, will strive to decarbonise and unlock new greener growth opportunities for the automotive, ceramics, food, materials, energy and waste disposal sectors in the South East of the UK. The industry-led initiative could also make a significant contribution to the development of a hydrogen economy, with Eni planning to play a key role through transporting and storing CO2 in its Hewett depleted gas field.

To this end, it has applied to the North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA) for a carbon storage license for the field, after safely operating the gas production in the area for more than 40 years. It believes the site to now be ideal for permanent, safe CO2 storage, with a total capacity of around 330mn tonnes.