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Hydrogen and carbon capture projects planned for Humberside
First, the Zero Carbon Humber (ZCH) Partnership has submitted a proposal to create a low carbon cluster in the Humber as a step to creating what would be the world?s first net zero industrial cluster, by 2040. The partnership comprises Associated British Ports, British Steel, Centrica, Drax, Equinor, Mitsubishi Power, National Grid, PX Group, SSE Thermal, Saltend Cogeneration Company, Uniper and the University of Sheffield?s Advanced Manufacturing Centre.
It centres around two elements, the first being the Equinor-led H2H Saltend (Hydrogen to Humber Saltend) hydrogen project at Saltend Chemicals Park near the city of Hull. H2H Saltend will be the largest plant of its kind in the world to convert natural gas to hydrogen, combining a 600 MW autothermal reformer with carbon capture.
Emissions of CO2 from H2H Saltend and the other Humber sites would be transported by pipeline to Easington on the Yorkshire coast and then offshore to permanent storage under the southern North Sea on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS). A consortium of energy companies is working to develop the offshore transport and storage infrastructure, and this network will be shared with the Teesside industrial cluster, where Equinor is also a partner in the Net Zero Teesside (NZT) decarbonisation project.
Meanwhile, bp, Eni, Equinor, National Grid, Shell and Total have formed a partnership, the Northern Endurance Partnership (NEP), to develop offshore CO2 transport and storage infrastructure in the UK North Sea, with bp as operator. This infrastructure will serve the proposed NZT and ZCH projects.
The application follows the approval by the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) of the addition of bp and Equinor alongside National Grid to the Endurance carbon storage licence. This affirms the strategic importance of the Endurance reservoir as the most mature large-scale saline aquifer for CO2 storage in the UKCS, says the NEP.