The East of England Energy Zone aims to establish the region as a world leader for energy by taking the lead on decarbonisation and the UK’s transition to Net Zero.
With world leading centres of innovation, national and international transport links and a committed group of agencies driving the sector, the East of England Energy Zone offers the space and ideal conditions for a wealth of innovative onshore clean energy developments that feed into the UK’s energy network.
The region is home to a diverse mix of energy including a significant gas infrastructure due to Southern North Sea gas exploration and production. This features an onshore and offshore pipeline network, compression facilities and an interconnector between the UK and Belgium all centred around the Bacton Gas Terminal which currently gathers, processes and distributes one third of the UK’s domestic gas requirement.
Gas will continue to play a critical role in the UK’s energy mix for at least the next 30 years and this infrastructure will support energy transition through the introduction of emerging clean energy sources including hydrogen and the reuse of the network and depleted gas fields for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS).
Existing and new nuclear power generation further strengthens the region’s place at the heart of the UK’s journey to Net Zero. Sizewell B has been generating 1.2GW of clean energy since 1995 and Sizewell C is being designed to produce reliable base load power to the national grid. The additional heat generated will also be used to make hydrogen, clean fuels, heat industrial processes and for district heating, presenting innovative opportunities for businesses in the East of England.
The East of England Energy Zone pro-actively identifies and connects opportunities to people while putting innovation at the heart of what we do. We have the skills, network, facilities and capacity for all types of energy.
Large-scale solar (such as Sunnica), onshore wind and biomass power generation is growing in the region. Alongside a network of world-class energy focussed research facilities, academic establishments and a skills energy workforce, the East of England is driving the UK’s decarbonisation agenda to build a clean energy future.