LIBERTY Steel's Hartlepool pipes division in the UK has been selected for a major contract to supply pipelines to the key energy infrastructure development in the UK by Northern Endurance Partnership (NEP) and Net Zero Teesside Power (NZT Power) making significant cuts to UK carbon emissions, the company claims.

LIBERTY Pipes Hartlepool (LPH) will deliver onshore and offshore line pipe to the Teesside-based project, one of eight engineering, procurement and construction packages awarded with a combined value of around £4bn. NEP aims to build the CO2 transportation and storage infrastructure to serve East Coast Cluster carbon capture projects, while NZT Power aims to be one of the world’s first commercial scale gas-fired power stations with carbon capture.

LPH’s specialist expertise can drive development of new energy infrastructure in the UK and around the world, creating jobs, strengthening energy security and supporting energy transition in line with LIBERTY’s wider decarbonisation strategy. LPH last year successfully passed trials to become the first UK producer and one of a handful globally of pipelines for safe transportation and storage of hydrogen, a major step in LIBERTY’s aim to support the UK’s development of low carbon hydrogen technologies.

“LIBERTY Pipes Hartlepool is extremely proud to have been selected to support this flagship project – a landmark first of hopefully one of many similar projects in the UK, and internationally, that the business hopes to be involved in."

Jeffrey Kabel, LIBERTY Steel's chief transformation officer

Final contract award will be subject to receipt of regulatory clearances and final investment decisions (FID) being taken in September 2024 or earlier. Pipe production for NEP and NZT Power is expected to commence in Q1 2025. The projects would be aiming for first commercial operations from 2027.

Jeffrey Kabel, LIBERTY Steel's chief transformation officer commented: “LIBERTY Pipes Hartlepool is extremely proud to have been selected to support this flagship project – a landmark first of hopefully one of many similar projects in the UK, and internationally, that the business hopes to be involved in. As a UK-based manufacturer, we are committed to supporting job creation, and generating meaningful economic benefits, in the local community."

According to Kabel, "LIBERTY Pipes Hartlepool has an extensive track record in the North Sea and now, in line with our long-term strategy, we are pleased to extend our involvement in support of new energy transition infrastructure. We look forward to delivering the project safely and to the satisfaction of our client.”