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Helping the UK to net zero

Equinor is working on several hydrogen projects in the UK, in collaboration with partners like SSE Thermal and Cadent.

H2H Saltend: The first step to a Zero Carbon Humber

This project represents a first step towards delivering one of the world’s first net zero industrial clusters by 2040. This project can play a leading role in the UK’s journey to net zero by 2050, revitalise the UK’s most carbon intensive industrial cluster, and unlock opportunities that will put the UK at the forefront of a global hydrogen economy.

Aldbrough H2 Storage

The proposed Aldbrough Hydrogen Storage facility could be in operation by the end of the decade, with an initial expected capacity of at least 320 Gigawatt hours (GWh), which is enough to power over 860 hydrogen buses a year.

The decarbonisation of flexible power generation is vital to achieving net-zero by 2050. To balance the supply and demand for hydrogen, particularly when renewably sourced, storage is essential. That’s why Equinor and SSE Thermal are seeking to repurpose this existing natural gas storage facility on the East Yorkshire coast for storing hydrogen.

Read more on the project website

Keadby Hydrogen Power station

The proposed Keadby Hydrogen Power Station, located in North Lincolnshire, could be the world’s first 100% hydrogen-fuelled power station, producing zero emissions at the point of combustion.

The decarbonisation of flexible power generation is vital to achieving net-zero by 2050. That’s why Equinor and SSE Thermal are developing hydrogen power stations, like this one at Keadby.

SSE Thermal and Equinor are also collaborating on Keadby Carbon Capture Power Station, which would be a new 910MW power station in North Lincolnshire, fitted with carbon capture technology to remove CO2 from its emissions.

Read more on the project website

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H21 North of England: How hydrogen can help the UK reach its net-zero emissions goal.

H21 North of England

Developed in partnership with UK gas distributer Cadent, this project builds on the original Leeds City Gate, presenting a conceptual design for converting the North of England to hydrogen between 2028 and 2035.

This includes 3.7-million-meter points (circa 85 TWh per annum, representing 12.5% of net UK population) across the major urban conurbations of Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield, Huddersfield, Hull, Liverpool, Manchester, Teesside, Tyneside and York.

The design incorporates a 12.15 GW hydrogen production facility, 8 TWh of inter-seasonal storage, all associated onshore infrastructure and the requirements of the associated carbon capture and storage scheme, scaling to 20 million tonnes per annum by 2035.

H21 North of England represents a credible first policy option for UK government following completion of the last pieces of critical safety evidence, set to be provided by the Hy4Heat and H21 NIC programs.

Read more about the project website