Equinor has unveiled plans to develop the world’s largest plant capable of converting natural gas to hydrogen in combination with carbon capture and storage (CCUS), as part of the zero-carbon industrial hub located in the Humber region.
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The project will, however, be reliant on government support to make it financially viable. Equinor plans to apply for funding through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund to pay for development work. An investment decision could then be taken in 2023.
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Equinor has said it is leading a project to develop one of the world’s first “at-scale” hydrogen from natural gas plants, in combination with carbon capture and storage (CCS), in the UK. The Hydrogen to Humber Saltend scheme aims to cut 900,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year from the Saltend Chemicals Park near Hull. To do so it will use a 600 megawatt auto thermal reformer (ATR) with carbon capture, the largest plant of its kind in the world, to convert natural gas to hydrogen. Equinor said it will allow customers at the park to “fully switch over to hydrogen” and see the power plant move to a 30% hydrogen to natural gas blend. The Norwegian energy giant is anticipating a final investment decision (FID) with its partners in 2023, with first production by 2026.
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Europe’s Green Hydrogen Revolution Is Turning Blue. With the EU on the cusp of announcing its long-term hydrogen strategy, a huge question remains: Should blue hydrogen be excluded? Green hydrogen may get all the headlines, but the prospect of it fueling Europe’s future hydrogen economy on its own looks increasingly questionable. Blue hydrogen is produced from natural gas, with carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology scooping up the resulting CO2. Green hydrogen, in contrast, is produced by using (ideally dirt-cheap) renewable electricity to power an electrolyzer that splits the hydrogen from water molecules. (Read GTM’s recent explainer on green hydrogen here.) Both blue and green hydrogen have their problems. Blue hydrogen locks in dependence on natural gas, with all the price volatility and geopolitics that comes with it, and it also relies on the development of cheap and effective CCS. Green hydrogen, however, requires cheaper electricity than is currently available as well as an end market for hydrogen that can sustain high electrolyzer utilization rates.
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