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Humber hydrogen production facility at Saltend – Councillor John Dennis

Councillor John Dennis has been involved in early discussions about the plans and has submitted the following article about the project.

Equinor has formally submitted plans for the Humber hydrogen production facility H2H (Hydrogen to Humber) at Saltend Chemicals Park.

The facility will include a large scale auto thermal reformer that converts natural gas to hydrogen. The carbon dioxide produced during the conversion will be captured and transported offshore for sub-sea storage. 

Councillor John Dennis has been involved in early discussions about the plans and has submitted the following article about the project.

From Councillor John Dennis. Chair of Planning at Hedon Town Council,
Ward Member for South West Holderness and Member of the Eastern Area Planning Committee at East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

Site of proposed Humber hydrogen production facility H2H (Hydrogen to Humber) at Saltend Chemicals Park.
Saltend Chemicals Park by Zero Carbon Humber.

“Along with the area’s other East Riding Ward Members, (Cllrs Sue Steel and David Winter), I have recently had several briefings on an ambitious proposal, which, if it goes ahead could provide major financial and environmental benefits to this area and the region as a whole. It will beneficially impact the Saltend Chemicals Park, improve the jobs market for the South West Holderness Ward and boost the economy of the whole area of the Humber, both north and south sides of the river.

“It is a well-known statistic that the region surrounding the Humber Estuary is already the largest Carbon Dioxide emitting industrial cluster in the whole of the United Kingdom, and any scheme which will reduce that unacceptable level significantly must be taken seriously.

“What I’m referring to, is the proposal to construct a major new production plant to create ‘Low Carbon Hydrogen’ based energy, which will enable many industries and power plants (including many users within the Park and elsewhere in East Yorkshire) to switch from traditional fossil fuel consumption to Hydrogen, thus embracing the ‘Green’ agenda and enabling us to lead the way in transitioning from fossil fuels, in line with the UK’s international commitments and Climate Change Act. Already there are expressions of interest from multiple users who see this project as their way of achieving a substantial improvement in the regions power supply and ditching the use of environmentally unfriendly fossil fuels

“What makes the scheme even more attractive is the part of the proposal that involves the construction of two pipelines across the Humber from east to west as far as Drax and north to south from Saltend to the Immingham area and east to Easington.

“The idea is that one pipeline will allow companies to obtain their hydrogen supply direct and the second will allow carbon dioxide to be collected and taken to carbon storage in the vast caverns beneath the North Sea.

“The company leading the whole scheme is Equinor, previously known as Statoil, a Norwegian state-owned energy company. It is the only commercial ‘carbon capture’ operator in Europe so brings much experience in this field.

Obviously, there will be many questions regarding such issues as HGV traffic, environmental and ecological matters, flooding, etc. There will be much publicity in the local and regional press; at Planning, Hedon Town Council and other local council debates, at public consultation and PR events. On behalf of our residents, these issues will be tackled and answers sought as the matter progresses.

At this stage, final opinions are not formed and developments are eagerly awaited.

Councillor John P Dennis FRICS

We are committed to an open and ongoing dialogue with our stakeholders. Engagement is already underway with key stakeholders such as local authorities, statutory stakeholders for the planning and permitting processes, and wider technical bodies. 


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  1. Thursday 20 January 2022 17:36, UK . Helen Anri-Smith of Sky News Reported that Shell carbon capture facility ‘secures just 48% of hydrogen production emissions’
    Emissions at one of the only sites in the world that uses carbon capture and storage alongside hydrogen production raises questions about so-called ‘blue hydrogen’, according to a new report.

    One of the only facilities in the world that uses carbon capture and storage technology to reduce the emissions of hydrogen production has the same carbon footprint as 1.2 million petrol cars, according to a new report seen exclusively by Sky News.

    In a first-of-its-kind investigation into the plant, which is owned and operated by Shell, the lobby group Global Witness claims that it has emitted far more greenhouse gas than it has captured.

    While it has prevented five million tons of carbon dioxide from escaping into the atmosphere since 2015, it has released a further 7.5 million tons, the group said.

    Experts say that more modern, ‘purpose built’, blue hydrogen facilities can capture over 90% of a plant’s emissions are all Councillors obligated to these wild claims for something that as never actually happened on this scale yet. The plan is bury 100’s thousands of tonnes of carbon under the sea. Even with the hydrogen production they will still create more carbon than they capture.

    The report found that this facility captures just 48% of its on-site carbon dioxide emissions.

    Once you include other emissions, such as from the fossil gas supply chain, only 39% are captured.

    Despite this, the plant has been subsidised by the Canadian government to the tune of $US654m.

    “Shell says that its carbon capture system at this project in Canada is an effective tool for reducing carbon emissions.

    “Our investigation found that’s clearly not the case,” said Dominic Eagleton, senior campaigner and report author at Global Witness.

    “Carbon capture is definitely part of the problem. Because it has a history of failure, almost 80% of government funded large scale, carbon capture projects have failed over the years.

    “Instead of investing in this dirty, climate-wrecking fuel, governments should promote and boost investment into renewable energy sources like wind power, solar power, that can take us to a genuinely more sustainable future and a safe climate for all.”

    “If we cling to combustion technologies and hope to feed them with hydrogen-based fuels, and these turn out to be too costly and scarce, then we will end up burning further oil and gas. Have you received assurances on this?”

    Are you confident Councillor Dennis that we can bury carbon dioxide underground for thousands of years with no chance it could ever bubble up all it would take is for around 1% of it to escape and it would devastate all living things in the North Sea.

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