Essar Oil progressing development of its hydrogen production plants in North West England

Essar Oil is progressing onto the next stage of its hydrogen production projects with the UK-based group seeking approval for the construction of hydrogen production plants in Ellesmere Port.

With the planning applications sent to Cheshire West and Chester Council, the two blue hydrogen production hubs at Stanlow are estimated to attract around £750m (£1bn) of investment whilst also supporting the North West of England’s hydrogen ecosystem.

The application will request full planning permission for the majority of the first phase of the development, comprising the first process plant capable of producing 350MWth of high purity low carbon hydrogen.

As well as this, it will also request outline planning permission for elements of a supporting plant for phase 1, plus a second hydrogen production plant with a capacity of 700MWth of hydrogen and supporting plant.

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