Phillips 66, Uniper and VPI Immingham have unveiled plans to build a hybrid carbon capture and storage (CCS) and hydrogen production facility in the UK.
The Humber Zero project will decarbonise 8Mt per annum of CO2 emissions, with the potential to target 30Mt of CO2 emissions from the wider Humber Cluster to the west of Immingham.
Expected to be operational by the mid-2020s, the project will rapidly reduce the region’s industrial emissions through the decarbonisation of the Phillips 66 and the power plant, VPI Immingham, which serves it.
Post combustion capture on two of the three existing generators at VPI Immingham and selected processing units at the Humber refinery, will be combined with the development of a hydrogen hub producing green and blue hydrogen to serve the third generator and local industry.
In addition to integrating carbon capture technology into a pre-existing cluster of energy intensive industries to deliver an immediate reduction of regional CO2 emissions, Humber Zero’s coastal location enables the efficient offtake of CO2 into offshore depleted oil and gas fields and gives access to offshore wind developments for electrolysis.
Furthermore, the project could decarbonise other efficient power stations and industry, such as British Steel, through the planned southern Humber pipeline route.
Its proximity to the deep-water Immingham port will enable the creation of a CO2 exporting industry and enable the decarbonisation of a major UK port.
Jonathan Briggs, Project Director for Humber Zero, said, “Humber Zero delivers a world scale decarbonisation project built around one of the UK’s most efficient generating assets and an industrial hub in Immingham.”
“It can establish the foundation for a gateway to decarbonise the wider Humber, bringing new industries, sectors and jobs to the region.”
Darren Cunningham, UK Lead Executive at Phillips 66, added, “We make products society will need and continue to need for 2050 and beyond and recognise we have a role to play in making those products in a less carbon intensive way.”
“The Humber Refinery is vital to the UK’s strategic interests and we are excited to be part of this project and the decarbonisation solution.”