Eni UK has announced that its submission to the Cluster Sequencing process has been accepted as a Track 1 project.
The approval will allow Eni UK and the supporting entities of Hynet to proceed as one of the first UK industrial clusters to apply carbon capture and storage (CCS) to cut CO2 in the UK.
The Cluster Sequencing process will allow HyNet companies to invest in cutting CO2 emissions in North West England and North Wales over the next 25 years.
In cooperation with the UK Government, Eni UK will now finalise terms within a regulated business model to deliver infrastructure for the Transport and Storage of CO2 by 2025. It will cover the completion of arrangements with companies that want to use Eni UK’s infrastructure to capture their CO2 emissions for safe and permanent storage.
The HyNet development scenario for Industrial Decarbonisation includes Hydrogen production and supply through developing a regional hydrogen market within a dedicated supply network. It will also incorporate the direct capture of CO2 from industries where fuel switching is not an option. Through Liverpool Bay CCS Limited, Eni UK will develop and operate both the onshore and offshore transportation and storage of CO2.
Organisations contributing to the HyNet Cluster Sequence Submission include:
- CF Fertilisers
- Eni UK
- Essar Oil UK
- Fulcrum Bioenergy
- Hanson Cement
- Ince BioEnergy
- Peel NRE
- Progressive Energy
- University of Chester
Kwasi Kwarteng MP, Secretary of State, said, “This firmly puts the UK as the world leader in clean energy.”
Claudio Descalzi, Eni’s CEO, commented, “The UK Government has recognised the importance of the contribution that the HyNet project can make to the decarbonisation of pivotal activities in the country.”
David Parkin, PEL director, added: “The project partners are ready to deliver and, as one of the first industrial decarbonisation clusters, we will play a big part in shaping the country’s hydrogen economy, positioning the UK as a global leader in the sector.”