Equinor today unveiled plans to build a plant in the UK that produces hydrogen from natural gas in combination with carbon capture and storage (CCS) – which the Norweigan oil firm says will be the largest of its kind in the world.
To be located at Saltend Chemicals Park near the city of Hull, the plant aims to reduce CO2 emissions by 900,000 tonnes per year and will be built as part of the Hydrogen to Humber Saltend (H2H Saltend) project.
The project initial phase comprises a 600MW auto thermal reformer (ATR) with carbon capture to convert natural gas to hydrogen.
It will enable industrial customers in the Park to fully switch over to hydrogen, and the power plant in the Park to move to a 30% hydrogen to natural gas blend.
In its later phases, H2H Saltend can expand to serve other industrial users in the Park and across the Humber, which employs 55,000 people in the manufacturing sector alone, contributing to the cluster reaching net zero by 2040.
This will enable a large-scale hydrogen network, open to both blue hydrogen (produced from natural gas with CCS) and green hydrogen (produced from electrolysis of water using renewable power), as well as a network for transporting and storing captured CO2 emissions.
“With our partners, we plan to transform the UK’s largest industrial cluster into its greenest cluster,” said Al Cook, Executive Vice-President and Equinor’s UK Country Manager.
Equinor and its partners will make a final investment decision during 2023 with potential first production by 2026.