H2H Saltend: green light for 600 MW low carbon hydrogen production project

28 February 2024 | Muriel Cozier

‘CCUS clusters will be the starting point for a new industry in the UK…’

H2H Saltend, one of the UK’s key decarbonisation projects, has been given planning permission by the local council. The project, which is being developed by Equinor, will be located at the Saltend Chemicals Park, Hull, and comprises 600 MW of low carbon hydrogen production, as well as carbon capture.

The hydrogen will be used in chemical processes by both manufacturers in Saltend and other companies nearby. It will also directly replace natural gas in a number of industrial facilities, reducing the carbon intensity of their products. The captured carbon dioxide, expected to be around 900,000 tonnes per year, will be stored in sub-sea aquifers.

Said to be one of the first projects of its kind to be granted planning permission in the UK, it is slated to become operational at the end of this decade and will help reduce the chemical park’s emissions by up to one third. Its backers say it will establish the UK’s Humber region as an international hub for low carbon hydrogen.

The announcement of the planning permission comes as the UK government is expected to launch the Track-1 Expansion competition this year, by which decarbonisation projects will be selected that can connect the UK’s East Coast Cluster’s carbon capture transport and storage infrastructure by 2030.

‘CCUS clusters will be the starting point for a new industry in the UK, which is why we’ve committed up to £20 billion in early support and expect to bring forward 4GW of low carbon hydrogen production by 2030,’ said Lord Callanan, UK Minister for Energy Efficiency and Green Finance.

H2H Saltend is one of three decarbonisation projects in the Humber region along the carbon dioxide pipeline. The other two are the Keadby Carbon Capture Power Station, and Drax BECCS, which was given the go-ahead by the UK government in January. These projects aim to make the Humber, the UK’s most carbon-intensive industrial region, net zero by 2040.

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