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Labour MPs call for more support for Carbon Capture and Storage project on Teesside

Could Teesside lead the way in carbon capture and storage? Photo: ITV News

Labour MPs for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, Tom Blenkinsop, and Redcar’s Anna Turley have called on the Government to step up its support for the Carbon Capture and Storage project on Teesside.

Tom and Anna have sent a joint letter to the Chancellor George Osborne ahead of the Spending Review and the Autumn Statement on 25th November.

They are asking him to "reassess the level of support and funding available to Teesside Collective's CCS project" in light of the closure of the steelworks in Redcar and the 700 announced job losses at Boulby Potash.

The MPs believe it offers a huge opportunity to not only protect remaining key industries, but to grow and become a global leader in this technology - and that will bring jobs.

So far, the government has invested £1m into this project; that is a pittance when compared to other governments. For example, in Canada, government’s there have invested over $600m in a CCS project by Royal Dutch Shell.

There is a real risk that the UK will be left behind on this technology and the government urgently needs to step up the funding being provided to the project on Teesside and that will attract private investment that will lead to more jobs for local people."

– Tom Blenkinsop MP
Boulby Potash mine Credit: ITV News

The carbon capture and storage project offers huge potential for Teesside's economy and is exactly the kind of investment we need to drive our recovery from the loss of the steelworks and job cuts in other local industries.

It will not only help create new jobs but ensure our existing core industries remain viable and make Teesside a world leader in clean energy. This is an ideal project for new Tees Valley Inward Investment Initiative and it is imperative the government recognise the crucial importance of this project."

– Anna Turley MP