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.
“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
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