Merseyside’s Big Role in the UK’s Energy Industry

Merseyside has a glowing reputation, built on its industrial, sporting and musical prowess. It’s a reputation that is more than well-earned, and certainly isn’t just based on past achievements – the region continues to punch well above its weight, standing proud not only across the UK but across the globe.

You might not realise, but Merseyside has strong links to the oil and gas industry, with lots of companies involved in the sector as it supports the journey to a more sustainable future.

All eyes on COP26
Now, you’ve probably heard about COP26. It’s a major climate change conference, and it’s happening in Glasgow later this year. As hosts, the UK will be showing what is possible with the right expertise, investment and support, and the whole event is a vital point in our journey towards a greener future.

There’s loads of work to do, but there is plenty to be hopeful about – even in our own backyard.

The North West, after all, is a dominant player in the UK’s move to cleaner energy and with good reason. The strong industrial heritage, deep water port infrastructure and existing links to gas and offshore wind makes the region perfectly placed to play its part.

Once an industrial centre, the region is rebooting its economy by building the skills and expertise needed for a new era of energy.

As a result, it is set to benefit greatly from something called the North Sea Transition Deal, which will take the skills of people working in oil and gas and use them to progress new opportunities such as carbon capture and storage, hydrogen, offshore wind and decommissioning (that is, removing equipment and restoring the sea-bed in a safe and environmentally friendly way).

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Three projects that show Merseyside is stepping up to the challenge
• Hynet North West. Developed in association with local industry partners such as chemicals leader Solvay and Essar Oil, with INEOS-owned INOVYN providing a place to store captured hydrogen in the UK’s first underground storage facility. It’s anticipated the project will create an incredible 33,000 jobs and over £4bn of investment over time!

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• Mersey Tidal Power. Liverpool’s coastal location has benefited through recent investment into cutting edge technology, including facilities to accommodate and service offshore wind turbines and develop the region’s renewable energy offering.

• Maritime Decarbonisation Hub. Lloyd’s Register recently launched the hub to enable the accelerated decarbonisation of maritime trade. In the longer-term, the Mersey Tidal Commission is researching ways to harness the power of the River Mersey as a source of clean, renewable, predictable energy for generations to come.

How oil and gas is changing
Like any industry, oil and gas is much more than businesses and offices. It’s brought to life by the 150,000 people whose work powers the lives we lead today.

Over the years, we’ve built the skills, knowledge and engineering expertise to develop cleaner, greener ways to heat homes, fuel transport and develop the essential products we use every day.

But we know change is needed if the UK is to meet its climate goals. So here is a quick taster of what we’re doing:

· Continuing to provide essential products and services

· Boosting the economy

· Delivering crucial investment in innovation and skills

· Supporting our people and creating green jobs

Source: Liverpool Echo

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