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The Humber community is invited to attend H2H Saltend proposals

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Five people looking at the Saltend facility
Equinor’s CEO Anders Opedal and executive vice president MMP, Irene Rummelhoff, visiting Saltend Chemicals Park.

Local community members are being encouraged to attend a public consultation on the proposals for H2H Saltend.

Equinor will hold a public consultation on its Hydrogen to Humber (H2H) Saltend project in the first week of April and is encouraging members of the local community to attend and view its proposals.

H2H Saltend is Equinor’s flagship 600 megawatt low carbon hydrogen production plant with carbon capture, located within px Group’s Saltend Chemical Park, to the east of Hull. Saltend Chemicals Park is one of the most carbon intensive sites in the Humber which is the largest CO2 emitting industrial region in the UK.

H2H Saltend could enable industries at the Chemicals Park and within the wider East Yorkshire area to reduce CO2 emissions by nearly one million tonnes annually, representing a 30% reduction in the Saltend Chemicals Park’s total current emissions.

The public consultation will be held in-person across four days at different venues near Saltend in the East Riding and in central Hull. They will feature informative exhibition boards explaining the project and its timeline.

Information brochures will be available to take away, members of the project team will be on hand to answer questions, and attendees will be able to submit comments which will feed into the process. All of the information provided at the in-person exhibitions will also be available online via a virtual exhibition which will be live until May 6 2022.

View of Saltend Chemicals Park
Saltend Chemicals Park

The consultation will take place at the following dates and venues:

  • April 4 2022, 2pm – 8pm, Paull Village Hall, 67 Main Street, Paull, HU12 8AW
  • April 5 2022, 2pm – 8pm, Hedon Town Hall, 36 St Augustine’s Gate, Hedon, HU12 8EX
  • April 6 2022, 2pm – 8pm, Jubilee Central, 62 King Edward Street, Hull HU1 3SQ
  • April 8 2022, 12pm – 5pm, Preston Village Hall, Main Street, Preston, HU12 8SA

The H2H Saltend proposals are backed by six prospective industrial operators, including major names such as Centrica, Ineos Acetyls and Triton Power, who have signed varying agreements, including for potential future hydrogen supply. Fuel switching from natural gas to low carbon hydrogen would support decarbonisation of the Humber region and be the first building block for a Zero Carbon Humber.

The project is also currently being considered by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy as one of the UK’s first decarbonisation projects, within the East Coast Cluster, as part of its Cluster Sequencing Process, which should be announced from May 2022.

Graham Stuart MP, whose constituency of Beverley & Holderness covers the site, said: “The H2H Saltend project is an exciting first step towards decarbonising the UK’s most carbon intensive region, helping to create new jobs and opportunities, attract investment from around the globe and take a giant step towards Net Zero. I’ve been very interested to see the plans progress and I’d encourage local residents to view them and submit their views.”

Cllr John Dennis, who represents South West Holderness Ward, which covers the site, said: “I’ve been delighted with the ongoing open dialogue that Equinor has had with myself and my fellow ward councillors, and with the East Riding and Hull Councils more generally. We’ve been given the opportunity to view very early stage plans and ask plenty of questions. I welcome the public exhibition and the online virtual exhibition which will give a chance for the wider public to do the same, and I’d encourage them to do so.”

To find out more about H2H Saltend's public consultation, visit the website.

For media enquiries, please contact:
Alice Baxter
Equinor Spokesperson UK
T: +447557973941

For consultation of community enquiries, please contact:
Richard Royal
T: +447809 467883

About Equinor

Equinor is the country’s leading energy provider, supplying natural gas, oil and electricity, and aims to reach net zero emissions globally by 2050. It is a leader in carbon capture & storage and hydrogen, developing the H2H Saltend low-carbon hydrogen production plant that is at the heart of the Zero Carbon Humber partnership.

It is collaborating with SSE Thermal on low-carbon power projects using hydrogen and carbon capture in the Humber and a further carbon capture power project in Scotland. It is partnering in the Net Zero Teesside power project and, as part of the Northern Endurance Partnership, it is developing CO2 transport and storage infrastructure for the East Coast Cluster, comprising the Humber and Teesside. Equinor’s UK activities also include operating offshore oil and gas fields and offshore wind farms, and its expansion plans include Dogger Bank, the world’s largest offshore wind farm.

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