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Paul Booth, Chair of Tees Valley Local Enterprise Partnership, contributed to the report.  He said:

“Paul Booth, Chair of Tees Valley Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “We welcome the Northern Energy Taskforce’s final report, in particular its recognition of the importance of Carbon Capture and Storage to the UK and that Tees Valley is ideally located to be at the centre of growth in this technology. We are already an important part of the nation’s energy network, Tees Valley is home to nearly 60% of the UK’s major users of energy in the process and chemicals sectors and we produce 50% of the nation’s hydrogen.

“The Tees Valley is already leading the UK with our energy ambitions, demonstrating to other areas the potential of regional industrial strategies. We are investing in low carbon energy with the UK’s largest biodiesel production plant, the UK’s largest bioethanol plant is already in operation, and one of the UK’s largest biomass power stations in construction.”