Plans for the UK’s first low carbon hydrogen hub that could produce 3TWh of low carbon hydrogen a year from 2025 have moved forward.
Set to be located at the Stanlow Refinery in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, Essar Oil UK, behind the plans, has lodged a planning application with Cheshire West and Chester Council for the introduction of new substances.
Essar Oil wants to introduce oxygen and natural gas as well as increase the quantities of hydrogen to its production processes at the Stanlow Manufacturing Complex, which it owns.
The energy firm also wants to increase substances it says fall within the “flammable gases and environmental hazard categories” at the proposed low carbon hydrogen production plant.
Essar Oil is working jointly with Progressive Energy, developer of HyNet North West, on the low carbon hydrogen hub plans which will manufacture hydrogen at the refinery for us across the North West and North Wales region.
Essar Oil and Progressive Energy say the hub will initially produce 3TWh of low carbon hydrogen each year from 2025.
This number is expected to triple to 9TWh of hydrogen per annum – the equivalent of energy used for heading across the whole of Liverpool – once a facility twice the size is built.
Essar Oil and Progressive Energy say follow on capacity growth is planned to reach 80% of the UK Government’s 5GW of low carbon hydrogen production by 2030.
A decision on the application will be made later in the year.