Ineos is inviting major engineering design contractors to tender for the next stage of designing a world scale carbon capture enabled hydrogen production plant and associated infrastructure at Grangemouth, Scotland, UK.
The CO2 from this project will be routed to the Scottish Cluster’s Acorn CO2 transport and storage project, resulting in reductions of more than 1 million tonnes/year of CO2 emissions.
INEOS has committed over £500 million on active projects across the site, including investment in a New Energy Plant due to commission by 2023. The new power plant will then be converted to run on hydrogen, further reducing CO2 emissions.
Access to locally produced hydrogen will benefit other assets at the Grangemouth site, fuelling the existing Combined Heat and Power Plant, the KG Ethylene Plant and assets in the Petroineos Refinery. It will require a new hydrogen distribution network throughout the site and modifications to the existing fuel gas network, all captured within the engineering design scope. The scope of design is also planned to provide the capability to link the hydrogen production to third parties in the local area to support the development of a local hydrogen hub.
Underpinning the hydrogen project will access the Scottish Cluster carbon capture and storage (CCS) infrastructure. Over 1 million tonnes/year of CO2 from the hydrogen plant will be sent directly offshore through existing gas pipelines to be permanently stored in rock formations deep below the North Sea.
Stuart Collings, CEO INEOS O&P UK, said, “We are inviting bids from the best engineering companies to design both a state of the art carbon capture enabled hydrogen production plant and an extensive suite of related infrastructure projects.”
Andrew Gardner, Chairman INEOS Grangemouth, added, “The construction of a world scale low carbon hydrogen plant is an exciting development at Grangemouth and one that will deliver on our commitment to achieve Net Zero by 2045.”