4. Steinar wants to make natural gas emissions-free. Using hydrogen.
Steinar Eikaas, VP for Low Carbon Solutions
Steinar Eikaas and his team in our department for Low Carbon Solutions are working to chart the possibilities that arise from replacing natural gas with hydrogen.
It’s a solution that means all greenhouse gases are captured well in advance of combustion and then piped offshore for permanent storage in the bedrock beneath the North Sea.
We’ve been storing CO2 under the ground for many years, but now we are working to realise large-scale capture and storage (CCS, or CCUS) from projects and land-based industries.
In the UK, natural gas is piped to homes and industry across the country for cooking, heating and manufacturing. Now we’re exploring the possibilities of replacing the natural gas in Britain’s existing pipeline system with clean-burning hydrogen — which emits only clean water when burned. It’s a radical idea, and Equinor is participating in the H21 North of England pilot project. See the film below.
Equinor is also heavily involved in large-scale hydrogen projects in the planning phase in Germany (for steel production), the Netherlands (for power generation), the UK (for industry and heating) and in Norway (for the maritime sector).
Read more about our pioneering hydrogen work here: (story continues below)