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Please tell us a little about Equinor

Equinor has been operating in the UK for over 35 years. Headquartered in Norway, the company employs 22,000 people globally, and over 650 in the UK. As a broad energy company, Equinor is committed to long term value creation in a low carbon future and aims to reach net zero emissions globally by 2050.

Equinor is the UK’s leading energy provider and supports the UK economy by investing billions in crucial energy infrastructure, working with over 700 suppliers across the country. Its energy supplies from Norway meet more than one quarter of the UK’s demand for natural gas and around one fifth of its demand for oil, both produced with one of the lowest carbon footprints in the industry. It operates the Mariner oil field, one of the largest and most digitally advanced offshore investments in the UK over the last decade, and is progressing Rosebank, the largest undeveloped field in the UK. Both projects support hundreds of jobs and economic activity in Scotland.

Equinor also operates two offshore wind farms off the East Coast of England, Dudgeon and Sheringham Shoal. It is a pioneer in floating wind technology with Hywind Scotland, the world’s first floating wind farm off the coast of Peterhead, which is partnered with Batwind, the world’s first battery for offshore wind. And with its partner SSE Renewables, Equinor is building the largest offshore wind farm in the world, Dogger Bank, off the North East coast of England. It is also a leader in carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS) and hydrogen, developing the H2H Saltend hydrogen production plant at the heart of the Zero Carbon Humber alliance, and partnering in the Net Zero Teesside project and the Northern Endurance Partnership.

What does the future look like for Equinor and how can CATCH support this vision in the Humber Region and beyond?

Equinor is committed to a low carbon future and to achieving net zero, as a company and in the regions that it works. Through Zero Carbon Humber and H2H Saltend it aims to support the decarbonisation of the Humber, the UK’s largest emitting industrial cluster. Achieving this goal will require buy-in, support and active engagement with a wide range of stakeholders, including industry, politics and the public. With big projects like this, it is important to win ‘hearts and minds’ and to stimulate engagement and discussion around the dinner table. We need the support of organisations like CATCH to achieve this.

 How did you find out about CATCH membership and why should others consider joining?

We are familiar with CATCH through working alongside them on the ISCF Industrial Decarbonisation fund and The Humber Industrial Cluster Plan. CATCH offers knowledgeable expertise, business support and resources, and access to other relevant stakeholders.

How can the CATCH membership support Equinor’s vision and how do they contact you?

We’ll continue to work closely with CATCH on the The Humber Industrial Cluster Plan and the decarbonisation agenda, and will want their ongoing support in our stakeholder engagement plans. They can contact myself or Ian Livingston.



A total of £1.7m government funding has been secured for the Humber Cluster Plan – a comprehensive plan for decarbonisation in our region, which will show how the Humber cluster can achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2040, potentially making it the first in the world to do so.

This joint bid by the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership and CATCH also involves eight private sector partner organisations and was submitted to Innovate UK as part of the Government’s Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge Fund scheme, part of the £350m green recovery package announced by the Prime Minister in July.

The project, totalling £2.6m, will move the Humber closer to achieving large-scale decarbonisation, with businesses across the Humber working to find effective and lasting solutions for the region.

The eight partner organisations supporting the Humber Cluster Plan are: British Steel, Centrica, Drax, Equinor, National Grid Ventures, Phillips 66, SSE Thermal and VPI Immingham. They include the strategically important refining and steel sectors, as well as major energy producers and low carbon infrastructure providers. A wider group of businesses will be involved in developing the plan, with all energy-intensive industries in the Humber invited to take part.

Stephen Parnaby OBE, Chair of the Humber LEP, said: “We are thrilled our funding bid for the Humber Cluster Plan has been successful. This is a significant opportunity to achieve industrial decarbonisation at a large scale in our region, which has the potential to protect important jobs while helping us to achieve our Net Zero ambitions by 2040.

“This successful outcome has only been possible with the support of our industry partners, who have illustrated there is a huge appetite in the Humber to innovate, collaborate and strive for solutions to create a cleaner, greener future for our vital industries.”

David Talbot, CEO of CATCH, said: “We are delighted that our collaboration with the Humber LEP and industrial partners to form the Humber Industrial Cluster Plan has been successful in securing funding to deliver a route to net zero by 2040 for the regions industrial decarbonisation activities.

“CATCH membership represent some of the UKs highest CO2 emitters and we look forward to developing the regions ambitions to deliver a plan that is central to tackling the net zero challenge.

“Our industry in the Humber region is strategically important and today’s announcement will ensure that existing industry is sustainable, whilst attracting new innovative green businesses to the region and upskilling, protecting and creating jobs for the local community.”


We are incredibly proud of Katie Hedges, Head of Low Carbon and Membership, who has been short listed, following nomination for the “Humber Renewables Woman of the Year Award at the Humber Renewables Awards 2020.

Katie Hedges – Catch

The driving force behind the push towards Net Zero in the Humber, she has pulled together key personnel across a complex energy intensive environment to present the industrial decarbonisation opportunity.

A pivotal figure behind the Humber’s position, she is described as the ‘go to’ person for advice on all elements, be it fuel switching or carbon capture and “someone who truly has a vision for the future of the Energy Estuary”.

Katie comments – “I am delighted to have been nominated and shortlisted for the Renewables Woman of the Year award – I am wholeheartedly passionate about reducing carbon in our region and leading the Humber’s mission for low carbon future with the Humber Cluster Plan. Congratulations also to my two fellow finalists – Corinne Barry, EDS HV / Grimsby Renewables Partnership and Lauren McGee, Orsted”.

The Humber Renewables Awards are returning for their ninth year and will recognise success across nine categories, honouring firms large and small for doing their bit to make this area a fulcrum of green energy. The awards are an opportunity to highlight good practice, innovation and enterprise by businesses who have made the biggest impact over the past 12 months. Supported by, the extensive coverage spans both sides of the Humber – in the Grimsby Telegraph, the Hull Daily Mail, online at,, across our social media channels and those of key stakeholders within the business.

You can read about the awards, the categories and finalists here.


Paul Bevan – Chair ConCom Committee

I’ve  worked in the local chemical & power industry for 32 years, mainly in the Humber bank area, starting off as a mechanical apprentice in the chemical industry working to technician level before leaving after 11 years to join South Humber Bank Power Station.

Whilst  being in the power sector I have carried out roles from mech technician & Safety advisor working across a portfolio of 7 stations setting up CDM policies and procedures and managing outage safety,  before moving back to a lead engineer role in a portfolio engineering team, planning and delivering projects across several power stations.

I am currently the Maintenance Manager at South Humber Bank Power Station and have been in post for  6 years.

How important is the Concom Scheme to you?

I have seen a dramatic improvement in the way safety and competence has evolved and been managed on the various sites I have worked on.  The improvements and standards from contract partners and clients over the years has improved and believe Concom, acting as client lead, has helped with the improvements in knowledge share and networking.

Concom is a proactive scheme and sets standards of both competence and safety performance and provides a forum for open discussion between all parties both Client and contractor.

We have been members of the scheme at SHB since 2015 and have seen value throughout.

Finally just for fun, please tell us something unusual about yourself or something that is not on your CV?

Away from work I have an old vespa that I occasionally ride when I get time, and for my sins I support the Mighty Mariners of Grimsby Town.

For more details of the ConCom scheme – click here.


CATCH will be remaining opening to provide essential training for our customers. The Government guidance allows essential training to continue to support key workers involved in critical national infrastructure and allow them to gain the qualifications they require to work. During this lockdown period we will still be able to offer training that is essential to you.

Our biggest priority is to ensure we maintain the welfare of anyone who enters our site. This will be done by ensuring our site remains at its highest health and safety standard being ‘COVID secure’. We have documentation and risk assessments in place which breaks down the procedures and safety measures we have in place. We can send this to you upon request if you wish to read them.


Minister Kwarteng announces latest energy publication.

Following a very busy Autumn period that included several key announcements and another successful Industrial Energy Stakeholder Forum, I am pleased to be able to announce today the publication of our Energy White Paper.

This white paper supports the Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, setting out a detailed vision for the UK’s energy system that will enable homes and businesses to migrate away from our dependency on fossil fuels and move towards clean energy solutions. This publication contains a number of commitments, including investing £1 billion up to 2025 to facilitate the deployment of CCUS in two industrial clusters by the mid-2020s, with a further two by 2030; providing a £240 million Net Zero Hydrogen Fund for low carbon hydrogen production; and increasing the ambition of our Industrial Clusters Mission, aiming to deliver four low carbon clusters by 2030 and at least one net zero cluster by 2040.

The overarching message contained in this white paper is further commitment towards a decarbonised future, reaffirming how clean energy will deliver jobs and economic growth for the whole country.

I look forward to working with you next year to deliver on this important ambition.
Minister Kwasi Kwarteng

View the Energy White Paper: Powering our net zero future


Vacancy- Business Administration Apprentice


Due to the expansion of CATCH Skills, we are seeking to appoint a Business Administration Apprentice. The role is for a Trainee Course Coordinator to support the team in a busy, customer focused office. The role will include responsibility for overseeing and completing all post course activities. This will include ownership of the ECITB Portal and other awarding bodies. This role will include assisting the Tutors with the issue of training materials for courses and ensuring that we collect and collate first class customer service with excellent feedback.


In addition, the Trainee will upload customer and booking information to the CRM system and send joining instructions to Clients.


The ideal candidate will possess excellent communication and organisational skills together with experience/qualifications gained from working in a busy, customer facing role delivering high quality customer service. The job will be based at the CATCH facility in Stallingborough.


The role will consist of 37 hours a week – Monday to Thursday 08:00 – 16:00 and Friday 08:00 – 15:30.


The salary will be based on the Apprenticeship Rate and will be subject to the completion of a probationary period.   For further information, please email


To apply for the apprenticeship, please apply via the link: – Apprentice Course Coordinator – Find an apprenticeship (


Closing date: 15th January 2021



Please tell us a little about Roxby Training Solutions

For more than 60 years the name Roxby has been associated with Instrumentation, Measurement and Control. Throughout this period the company has trained thousands of Apprentices, Technicians and Engineers to understand and apply the ever-increasing developments of technology within

this field of engineering. Following developments to the training centre and new ownership in 2010, a new name of Roxby Training Solutions was introduced leading the development of an extensive range of training and assessments across the areas of Electrical, Mechanical, Instrument with particular specialisms in CompEx (Hazardous Areas) and Instrumentation training / assessments. We offer courses from both of our facilities which are located in Stockton-on-Tees and here in Stallingborough, along with delivering on client’s sites on a multinational and international scale. As part of our training portfolio, we offer accredited and non-accredited solutions to meet varying needs.

What support and services can you offer companies in the region and beyond?

Here at Roxby, we appreciate that people are the most important asset to any business, by providing professional, technical and specialist training, this enhances the workforce’s overall competence and performance. Roxby provides a friendly and relaxed environment where learning is aimed to be enjoyable although challenging and stimulating, a place where candidates can reach their full potential.

We are committed to supplying a service to meet client’s expectations in terms of quality and reliability, as well as upholding and maintaining a range of accreditations including but not limited to:-


This is a globally recognised qualification associated with the validation of competency for those working in hazardous areas / potentially explosive atmospheres. Roxby recognises the importance for all personnel working amongst or in these environments requiring support and training, thereby offering the following units from the scheme:-

  • CompEx Foundation
  • CompEx Foundation Plus
  • CompEx Ex01 – Ex04 Gas and Vapours
  • CompEx Refresher
  • CompEx Ex05 – Ex06 Dust
  • CompEx Ex11 Mechanical
  • CompEx Ex12 Application Design Engineers
  • CompEx Ex14 Responsible Person


The ECITB are a well-known organisation amongst employers and training providers, being the skills, standards and qualifications body for the development of the engineering construction workforce of Great Britain. Upholding this accreditation enables us to offer a suite of instrumentation courses to industry recognised standards, these being:-

  • CO 02: Work safely & minimise risk in engineering construction.
  • TP MPS I & C 04: Adjust instrument & control systems to meet operating requirements in engineering construction.
  • TP MPS I & C 13: Test the performance and conditioning of instrument & control systems in engineering construction.
  • TP MPS I & C 15: Diagnose & determine the causes of faults in engineering construction instrument & control systems.

Our ECITB courses are available in a modular or a full programme format of delivery, providing the opportunity of a flexible and bespoke solution.

 Why did you decide to base your business at CATCH

Since the 1960’s the Roxby name has been synonymous with a wide range of training, it established a reputation for delivering first class, fast response training to a wide range of industries from its Roxby Training Solutions (RTS) HQ based in Teesside, meeting its clients’ needs in all cases. Its focus on CompEx (Competency in Explosive Atmospheres) meant it fast became a  centre of excellence for CompEx training. Through the training network we were approached discussions commenced with CATCH in 2013 to replicate this training facility within the Humber region. The opportunity was seized & the CompEx accredited centre was established & formally opened in March 2014.

The Humber for many years was primarily associated with the oil, gas and chemical industries and of late it has become a growth leader in the renewable, energy and bio-renewables too that shall further grow to engulf the carbon capture and Hydrogen sectors, all containing some form of hazardous areas. RTS Co-Owners David Sumpter and Geoff Fulcher along with their team have shown their continued commitment and investment to these industries by expanding the centre and by continuing to develop the courses provided to meet the requirement of the growing diverseness of industries in the area. We look forward to expanding on the training we provide moving forward as part of the CATCH training hub and their successful journey.

As Leonardo  Da Vinci once said, “Learning never exhausts the mind.” So into 2021 we go with the greatest optimism that it will be a safe and successful year, providing our clients that learning experience that hopefully will not exhaust their minds, well not too much anyway.

For further information please visit


The Carbon Capture and Storage Association is delighted to invite you to join us for our flagship conference on Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd December 2020.

CCUS 2020 is the meeting place for anyone involved in carbon capture, usage and storage. The development of CCUS is critical to reaching net zero goals and it is also increasingly recognised as an important contributor to the UK Government’s “levelling up” agenda and the goal of building back greener and stronger. With the UK hosting COP26 in 2021, the conference gives us an opportunity to build on the UK’s ambition of becoming a leader in this essential technology and a chance to hear international voices and experiences.

The conference will take place online on Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd December and is free to attend.

You can register to attend at

We are very pleased to announce that The Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP, Minister of State for Business, Energy and Clean Growth, will be speaking at the event on 2nd December 2020.

CCUS 2020 is sponsored by SSE Thermal, Carbon Clean, Equinor, BP and ERM and promises two packed days of insight, ideas and debate. Further confirmed speakers include:

  • Darren Jones MP, Chair of the House of Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee
  • Mechthild Wörsdörfer, Director, Sustainability, Technology and Outlooks, IEA
  • Jenny Baxter, Chief Engineer, IMechE
  • Roz Bulleid, Head of Policy, Green Alliance
  • Jarad Daniels, Director of the Office of Strategic Planning, Analysis and Engagement, US Department of Energy
  • Sue Ferns, Deputy General Secretary, Prospect
  • Anthony Green, Project Director – Hydrogen, National Grid
  • Anthony Hobley, Executive Director – Mission Possible Platform, World Economic Forum
  • Bryony Livesey, Director – Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge, UKRI
  • Sian Lloyd Rees, Head of UK and SVP Europe & Africa, Aker Solutions

You can register today and join more than 400 policymakers, industry representatives, CCUS developers, technology providers, local authorities and others to hear the latest developments in this crucial sector.


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