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Plans for a blue hydrogen plant in the UK progress

Plans for a blue hydrogen plant in the UK progress

Energy exploration and production company Neptune Energy has inked a number of agreements to progress its plans to provide large-scale, low-cost blue hydrogen production in the UK.

Set to be located at the former Theddlethorpe Gas Terminal (TGT) in Lincolnshire, the proposed project, named DelpHYnus, would see a new plant, designed with carbon capture technology, built at the site to meet the power requirements to generate blue hydrogen.

Neptune announced earlier this week it has signed a deal with an unnamed organisation specialising in industrial gas generation for the development of the blue hydrogen plant.

Additionally, Neptune confirmed it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with industrial operations specialist PX Group, which will invest in and operate the power generation element of the plant at TGT.

There are plans for a carbon capture and storage (CCS) aspect to the project, with a new CO2 pipeline to be built from South Humber to TGT, in addition to an option for accommodating CO2 shipped from locations not served easily by pipelines.

The CCS solution could see realisation by as early as 2025, though, with an onshore planning process and an extended construction period, the blue hydrogen and power generation parts are scheduled to become available by 2027.

A further MoU was signed between Neptune and Carbon Collectors, a company which specialises in the collection, transport and storage of CO2 utilising marine solutions. These solutions could provide CO2 storage options for emitters from stranded UK areas.

To assist with conceptual engineering for the ’normally unmanned installation’, part of the DelpHYnus development, Neptune will work with engineering service company Worley. The subsea elements of the project, including manifold and CCS pipeline development, will be conducted by a specialist subsea engineering company.

A third, unnamed design engineering and project management consultancy has also been hired to provide costs, time estimates and planning processes for the onshore aspect of the scheme, including both plants and pipelines between TGT and South Humber industrial area.

The project itself has been supported by sustainable and affordable energy expert, Goal7, who have provided expert insight into the latest relevant development and technologies.

Pierre Girard, Neptune Energy’s Director of New Energy, said, “DelpHYnus has evolved from a high-level concept into a much more detailed technical proposal within a short period of time and both Neptune and our partners have committed significant resource and expertise to bring the proposal to this level of maturity.

“Our experience in delivering offshore projects which are technically similar to the CCS offering at DelpHYnus is complemented by the expertise of our partners and, as one of the UK’s lowest carbon gas producers, we are well placed to develop this project at pace with the potential to deliver an operational CCS hub as early as 2025 for shipped CO2 and large scale blue hydrogen as early as 2027, helping meet the ambitions set by the UK government in its 10-point plan.

“Geographically, the location of the project is significant and can drive the creation of a low-carbon hub around our existing Cygnus facility to deliver further decarbonisation opportunities.”

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