Equinor’s H2H Saltend reaches to the next stage
The projects that are finally selected will start operations in 2026/2027.
Equinor’s Hydrogen to Humber Saltend (H2H Saltend) production facility is moved through Phase 2 of the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) cluster sequencing process.
The selected projects will now proceed to the due diligence stage of the Phase-2 cluster sequencing process to allow them to connect to the East Coast Cluster’s CO2 infrastructure and be operational in the mid-2020s.
Previously in 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 to become one of the first two ‘CCUS clusters’ in the UK.
Equinor’s bids for two new gas-fired power stations with carbon capture at Keadby developed with SSE Thermal, and Teesside, developed in partnership with bp, have also been successful.
H2H Saltend is Equinor’s flagship project with a 600-megawatt low carbon hydrogen production plant located at Saltend Chemicals Park (SCP) east of Hull.
The Humber is the most carbon-intensive industrial region in the UK, and H2H Saltend could enable a variety of critical industries at SCP and the wider East Yorkshire area to reduce CO2 emissions by nearly one million tonnes annually.
H2H Saltend is the kick-starter project for the wider Zero Carbon Humber scheme, a UKRI-supported partnership of 14 organisations committed to making the Humber the world’s first net zero industrial cluster by 2040.
Equinor is also planning a second 1.2-gigawatt low carbon hydrogen production facility in the Humber, which, combined with H2H Saltend, could deliver 18% of the UK Government’s target of 10GW hydrogen production capacity by 2030.
In partnership with SSE Thermal, Equinor is also planning to develop the world’s first at-scale 100% hydrogen power station at Keadby and a proposed hydrogen storage facility at Aldbrough.
Grete Tveit, Senior VP at Equinor, said, “Fantastic news that the UK Government has selected three of our pioneering CCS and hydrogen projects. They will help decarbonise vital and carbon-intensive industries, preserve existing jobs and create new ones, as well as provide local supply chain opportunities.”