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Equinor develops market for hydrogen in NE

27 January 2022

Equinor is planning to kick off its Zero Carbon Humber (ZCH) initiative at PX Group’s Saltend Chemicals Park (SCP) in the northeast of England. The Norwegian energy company has a 600-MW plant there, H2H Saltend, which will produce hydrogen from natural gas in combination with a carbon capture and storage project. 

Trade group Energy Industries Council (EIC) said January 26 that Equinor has signed a series of co-operation agreements with prospective regional hydrogen users, which could be a world first and a catalyst for the Humber to achieve net zero.

Hydrogen generation there could enable industries at SCP and east Yorkshire to reduce CO2 emissions by nearly 1 million tonnes/yr, 30% less than SCP emits today.

SCP (pictured, credit: PX Group) is a 370-acre industrial park that produces over 1 million tonnes/yr of specialist chemicals, which PX bought from BP in 2018.

In its own statement, PX Group CEO Geoff Holmes said: “We are obviously delighted that another world-leading project is coming to Saltend and will join a host of world-class companies here.

“H2H Saltend will directly reduce regional and national emissions and play a major part in the country’s journey to net zero. It will also provide a direct boost to local jobs and the local economy.”

ZCH, led by Equinor, includes Associated British Ports, British Steel, Centrica Storage, Drax Group, Mitsubishi Power, National Grid Ventures, SSE Thermal, Saltend Cogeneration and Uniper.

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