Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) announced that Equinor’s Hydrogen to Humber Saltend (H2H Saltend) production facility has been successfully progressed through Phase-2 of the government’s cluster sequencing process.
As part of the Phase-2 cluster sequencing process, the selected projects will now go through due diligence to connect with the East Coast Cluster’s CO2 infrastructure and become operational by the mid2020s.
As part of Phase-1 of the cluster sequencing process, the East Coast Cluster, which connects the Humber and Teesside via CO2 transport and storage infrastructure, was selected as one of the first two “CCUS clusters” in the UK.
Also successful were Equinor’s bids for two new gas-fired power stations with carbon capture at Keadby, developed with SSE Thermal, and in Teesside, developed with bp.
Grete Tveit, senior vice president for Low Carbon Solutions, Equinor, said: “Fantastic news that the UK Government has selected three of our pioneering CCS and hydrogen projects.”
Located in the Saltend Chemicals Park (SCP), east of Hull, H2H Saltend is Equinor’s flagship project with a 600-megawatt low carbon hydrogen production plant.
Finalized projects will begin operating in 2026/2027.
The H2H Saltend project kick-starts the wider Zero Carbon Humber scheme, a UKRI-supported partnership of 14 organizations committed to making the Humber by 2040 the world’s first net zero industrial cluster.
Additionally, Equinor plans a second 1.2-gigawatt hydrogen production facility in the Humber, which combined with H2H Saltend could meet 18% of the UK Government’s 10GW hydrogen production capacity by 2030.
Moreover, Equinor plans to build a hydrogen power station at Keadby with SSE Thermal, as well as a hydrogen storage facility at Aldbrough, in partnership with SSE Thermal.