The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has emphasised the need to invest in and deploy carbon capture and negative emissions technology at scale in order to reach UK’s target of carbon neutrality by 2050. The CCC’s Net Zero report also identified that at least one of the UK’s CCUS regional clusters should involve substantial production of low-carbon hydrogen by 2030 to stay ‘on track’ for net zero.
Zero Carbon Humber plans to capture carbon dioxide at scale from industry around the estuary via pipelines that transport the emissions to permanent storage in naturally occurring aquifers under the southern North Sea.
The anchor project for Zero Carbon Humber is the Equinor-led Hydrogen to Humber (H2H) Saltend, which will establish the world’s largest hydrogen production plant with carbon capture at px Group’s Saltend Chemicals Park.
The H2H Saltend project will be accompanied by a pipeline network developed by National Grid Ventures, connecting energy-intensive industrial sites throughout the region, offering businesses the options to fuel-switch to low carbon hydrogen and capture their CO2 emissions.
All CO2 will be compressed at Centrica Storage’s Easington site and stored under the southern North Sea using offshore infrastructure shared with the Teesside industrial cluster.
As this shared infrastructure is delivered, other Zero Carbon Humber partners will be able connect their development projects to the pipelines. For example:
Capture technology is already under development at Drax Power Station’s pioneering bioenergy carbon capture and storage (BECCS) pilots, which could be scaled up to create the world’s first carbon negative power station in the 2020s.
SSE Thermal has over a decade of experience with carbon capture and storage projects and is now developing Keadby 3, which could become the UK’s first gas-fired power station with CCS by the mid-2020s.
The network will run via Immingham, where Uniper is planning to add to its European hydrogen ambitions by developing clean hydrogen production at its Killingholme site, in line with Uniper’s pledge to be carbon neutral in Europe by 2035.