A brand-new furnace capable of running on 100% hydrogen has arrived for Essar Stanlow in Ellesmere Port at the Port of Liverpool.
The furnace, which is part of a multimillion-pound investment by Essar Oil UK (EOUK), is heading for Stanlow in Ellesmere Port and will become the first hydrogen-powered furnace of its kind in the UK. It is a vital piece of kit to support the decarbonisation of Essar Stanlow’s operations.
The furnace, which EOUK commissioned, earlier this year, arrived by boat and is part of Essar’s long-standing commitment to become the UK’s first low-carbon refinery.
A UK-first, the furnace is unique in that it will run off 100% hydrogen fuel source from 2026. It will run on hydrogen produced as part of the HyNet, the UK’s leading decarbonisation cluster. The furnace will replace three existing furnaces, helping Essar drastically decarbonise its operations and cut emissions.
The largest single module is 26.5 metres long, 18.5 metres tall, by 14.5 metres. The furnace will improve energy efficiency onsite and also reduce ongoing maintenance costs. Once its fuel source is 100% hydrogen, the furnace has the potential to reduce 242,000 tonnes of CO2 every year.
The largest module of the furnace will be transported to Essar later this summer via the Manchester Canal and become fully operational in 2023.
The furnace is central to Essar’s strategy at Stanlow to become the UK’s first low-carbon refinery. As well as playing a leading role in the HyNet consortium, Essar is investing in a number of energy efficiency and low-carbon energy and carbon and storage initiatives. Hydrogen used by the new furnace from 2026 will be produced by Vertex Hydrogen, a joint venture launched in January between Essar and Progressive Energy, onsite at Stanlow.
Deepak Maheshwari, CEO at Essar Oil UK, said, “We have embarked on a major investment programme to upgrade Essar’s infrastructure and future-proof our organisation as leaders in the transition to low-carbon, and this furnace is one of many steps being taken to become the UK’s first low-carbon refinery.”
Claudio Veritiero, CEO of Peel Ports, said, “As a leading and sustainable Port operator we fully support the transition to hydrogen and the benefits this will bring in the reduction of carbon emissions.”