THE VISION

Zero Carbon Humber project details

Zero Carbon Humber (ZCH) brings together international energy producers, traditional industries, leading infrastructure and logistics operators, global engineering firms and academic institutions in a plan to decarbonise the UK’s largest industrial region.

This will be enabled by shared trans-regional pipelines, for low-carbon hydrogen and carbon capture, creating the world’s first net-zero industrial cluster by 2040.

Delivering this is expected to protect 55,000 existing jobs in the Humber and create over 20,000 new ones, while supporting skills, apprenticeships and educational opportunities in the region.

Deliver CCUS at a transformative scale

Carbon capture for energy, industry and negative emissions

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.

Capturing carbon dioxide from power generation at Drax and Keadby 3 power stations

Establish a hydrogen economy in the Humber and the wider region

Clean hydrogen production at scale

Many experts including the Committee on Climate Change see clean hydrogen production and fuel switching from fossil fuels to hydrogen as pivotal for the UK to reach net zero by 2050. Hydrogen produced at scale can be applied to industry, power, heat, transport and even serve as energy storage.

Equinor’s H2H Saltend pilot project at Saltend Chemicals Park will produce hydrogen from natural gas for use in existing power plants and industry, underpin the UK’s first low carbon infrastructure for hydrogen and carbon dioxide, and enable the production of low carbon chemicals.

The project is a first step to the Zero Carbon Humber vision with start-up expected in 2026. Both H2H Saltend and the low carbon infrastructure will then expand to link in other industrial users across the Humber region.

 

 

Producing low carbon hydrogen, capturing emissions

Build a globally competitive industrial cluster

A global leader in decarbonisation

In developing large-scale carbon capture and storage across the Humber estuary, clean gas-fired power generation, the world’s first BECCS-based negative emissions power station and a hydrogen economy, Zero Carbon Humber will establish the wider region as a global leader in decarbonisation.

In addition to the jobs and clean growth it offers the region it will also develop skills, knowledge and technology than can be exported around the world – putting the Humber estuary and wider region at the centre of a global decarbonisation economy.

Resources

Capture for growth report

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H2H Saltend project brochure

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Letters of support

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Reducing carbon emissions

Rejuvenating the region

Transforming industry

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Yorkshire Dales National Park

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Spurn Point Lighthouse

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Saltend Chemicals Park

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Saltend Chemicals Park

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Saltend Chemicals Park

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The University of Sheffield AMRC

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Drax Power Station

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British Steel, Scunthorpe

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Infographics

Zero Carbon Humber Site Map

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What a Zero Carbon Cluster Could Look Like In The Humber Region

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Capturing carbon dioxide from biomass generation at Drax Power Station

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Countries where carbon capture and storage is under development

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Foundation industry output (GVA) as a proportion of total economy (GVA)

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Negative emissions - essential for achieving net zero

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Producing low carbon hydrogen fuel

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Strategic importance of the Humber to the economy

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The UK's largest clusters by industrial emissions only

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Total carbon dioxide captured and stored in the further ambition scenario in 2050

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Use and production of hydrogen in the Future Ambition Scenario

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