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Plans to develop 900MW hydrogen-fired power station following new UK Government targets

SSE Thermal and Equinor will consult on plans to develop a hydrogen-fired power station, which could be operational from 2030.

Located in North Lincolnshire, the 900MW Keadby Hydrogen Power station will be designed to run on 100% hydrogen but will have the capability to run on natural gas for a period if necessary hydrogen infrastructure isn’t in place. H2 View understands it would transition to hydrogen when ready.

The project is expected to enter environmental scoping in April (2024), before the two companies launch a public consultation ahead of a full planning application being made.

Just last week (March 12), the UK Government re-evaluated plans for gas-fired power plants. Following the second consultation of the Review of Electricity Market Arrangements (REMA), proposals have been set for new power plants to be built that are “Net Zero ready” – capable of running on hydrogen.

Read more:UK Government targets new ‘Net Zero ready’ gas-fired power plants

Energy Security Secretary, Claire Coutinho, claimed the UK faces the “genuine prospect of blackouts,” without gas backing up renewables.

SSE and Equinor hope the Keadby plant will run on hydrogen from its inception, due to the government’s commitment to deploy low-carbon infrastructure in the Humber. Over the next 12 months, hydrogen transport and storage projects are anticipated to be progressed in the region.

Formally a coal-fired power station, SSE and Equinor’s site in the Humber hosts Keadby 2 – one of the world’s “most efficient gas-fired power stations” – and England’s largest onshore wind farm.

Martin Pibworth, Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) of SSE, stated developers must “address the looming capacity challenge.”

“The government’s commitment to low-carbon technologies like hydrogen is clear but progress has been slower than hoped,” added the CCO.

“As work continues on building policies and pipelines, we must simultaneously progress the development of new capacity that would help deliver on Net Zero while avoiding carbon lock-in for another generation – an approach we have seen in other European countries.

“At SSE, we know the UK’s energy future will be renewables-led, which is why we are building the world’s largest offshore wind farm at Dogger Bank.”

Whilst the 3.6GW offshore wind farm plans are still going ahead here, SSE and Equinor recently cancelled plans to produce hydrogen at the site, anticipated to produce of the 2GW of renewable power.

Read more:Plans dropped for one of the UK’s largest proposed hydrogen production projects

Regarding the planned Keadby hydrogen power station, SSE has said it “will assess whether a project has a clear pathway to full decarbonisation by 2035, within a supportive regulatory framework, before taking any final investment decision.”

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