U.K. Carbon Capture and Hydrogen Power Projects Revealed
Written by Martin Lynch, European News Editor for Industrial Info (Galway, Ireland)--A project to build one of the U.K.'s first power stations with carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology as well as a 100% hydrogen-fuelled power station have been revealed by SSE Thermal and Norwegian oil and gas major Equinor (NYSE:EQNR).
The two decarbonised power stations are positioned as a 'clean power hub' near Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, in the Humber region--the country's largest and most carbon-intensive industrial cluster. Keadby 3 is a planned 900-megawatt (MW) gas-fired power plant with carbon capture built-in from the outset. Captured CO2 will be transported for storage under the southern North Sea seabed using a parallel hydrogen and CO2 pipeline infrastructure being developed by the Zero Carbon Humber (ZCH) partnership that includes SSE Thermal and Equinor among others. It will come online in 2027.
Keadby Hydrogen power station is presented as the 'world's first major 100% hydrogen-fired power station' and would have a peak demand of 1,800 MW of hydrogen. Seeking government support, the project has an estimated commissioning window of the end of the decade.
"These projects would play a major role in decarbonising the U.K.'s flexible generation capacity, while supporting a green economic recovery in the Humber," explained Stephen Wheeler, managing director of SSE Thermal. "By utilising cutting-edge carbon capture and hydrogen solutions, we can decarbonise power generation, heavy industry and hard-to-reach sectors of the economy, which will be essential in both achieving net zero emissions and ensuring a just transition for workers and communities. With over 12 million tonnes of annual carbon emissions, ideal transport and storage options, and major energy and industrial companies working together, the Humber has to be at the centre of the U.K.'s decarbonisation strategy."
Grete Tveit, Senior Vice President for Low Carbon Solutions at Equinor, added: "These world-leading power plants at Keadby will accelerate efforts across the Humber to create a decarbonised industrial cluster, and contribute to the U.K.'s goals for a green industrial revolution and reaching net zero. They are a further step in Equinor's ambitions for the Humber, following on from our H2H Saltend project that will start producing low-carbon hydrogen at scale by the mid-2020s. We believe these technologies are vital for heavy industry, flexible power and other hard-to-abate sectors to achieve net zero emissions, while also ensuring a just transition for industrial communities."
Industrial Info is also tracking Equinor's $420 million H2H Saltend project, which will be the first to connect into the Zero Carbon Humber infrastructure and is expected to come online by the mid-2020s. Located in an area of the Saltend Chemical Park in Hull, Equinor wants to construct a hydrogen production facility, utilising a 600-MW Autothermal Reformer (ATR) to produce 'blue hydrogen' for use by the local power plant and nearby customers.