The East of England Energy Zone is leading the decarbonisation of energy and the UK’s transition to Net Zero.
Well placed due to its diverse energy mix, Southern North Sea gas exploration and production has endowed the region with a strategically significant gas infrastructure including an onshore and offshore pipeline network, compression facilities, 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 continues to play a critical role in the UKs energy mix and will continue to do so for at least the next 30 years. The infrastructure it uses 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 not just to produce reliable base load power to the national grid but the additional heat generated will be used to make hydrogen, clean fuels, heat industrial processes and for district heating, presenting innovative opportunities for businesses in the East of England.
Looking inland, 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. 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, building a clean energy future.