The first step to a Zero Carbon Humber

This project represents a bold but practical first step towards delivering the world’s first net zero industrial cluster by 2040. This unparalleled project can play a leading role in the UK’s journey to net zero by 2050, renew the UK’s largest industrial cluster, and unlock technology that will put the UK at the forefront of a global hydrogen economy.

H2H Saltend Public Consultation, 22 Nov. — 21 Dec. 2021

The public consultation is now closed. We would like to thank all those who visited consultation and we will be reviewing the feedback received in detail. Our next round of public consultation will be held in Spring 2022. If you would like to get in touch with us before then, please contact us at

If you have any difficulties in accessing the virtual consultation room, the consultation materials can be alternatively viewed in PDF format below.

Why hydrogen in the UK?

Switching from fossil fuels to low carbon hydrogen is pivotal in launching the UK on its way to net zero by 2050. Hydrogen provides a practical, scalable solution to decarbonise existing industries that currently depend on fossil fuels. An established hydrogen economy in the Humber is well-positioned to support the UK’s future decarbonisation, with endless possibilities to adapt.  

Why the Humber?

The Humber region is rich in industrial expertise and diversity at a scale that is unrivalled anywhere else in the UK. H2H Saltend will build upon the Humber’s unique qualities and its geography to deploy and grow the UK’s first low carbon hydrogen infrastructure for hydrogen and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. H2H Saltend will be the project to kickstart the UK’s hydrogen future.  

Why Equinor?

Experience matters. Equinor has over 20 years’ experience in safely storing carbon emissions and producing hydrogen from natural gas. Equinor has supplied energy to the UK for over 35 years and is proud to be part of the Zero Carbon Humber alliance that seeks to make the region the UK’s first net zero industrial cluster.  

Hydrogen will be produced at scale from natural gas and delivered to the nearby chemical plants (replacing natural gas) and power station (blended with natural gas), reducing their emissions

The CO2 by-product will be captured and stored safely and permanently offshore. The Humber is the closest industrial hub to the Endurance storage site in the Southern North Sea.  

H2H Saltend could provide low carbon chemicals to act as marine fuels, making the Port of Hull one of the first in the world to offer low carbon maritime refuelling.


At least 95% efficiency in capturing CO2 when producing blue hydrogen


In 2050 the UK could need enough hydrogen to meet 45% of total energy demand*.

*(Source: Aurora Energy Research, Hydrogen for a Net Zero GB: an integrated energy market perspective)

H2H Saltend’s future

200,000 jobs

The hydrogen produced at Saltend Chemicals Park can be utilised for cross-sector decarbonisation of industry, power, transport and heat. Future expansion of the project could see it produce enough blue hydrogen to start the decarbonisation of domestic heat in the north of England.

If the UK develops a world-leading hydrogen economy, the expansion of low carbon infrastructure could generate over 200,000 jobs1, significantly boosting the economy. This exciting potential is laid out in the H21 North of England report.

1 Hy-Impact Series: 
A summary of four studies assessing the role of hydrogen in the UK net-zero transition, p.5


Expansion of hydrogen production capacity at Saltend (fuel switch at Triton to 100% hydrogen).


Transmission of hydrogen produced at Saltend will provide the option for decarbonisation at SSE Keadby Clean Power Hub.


Expansion of hydrogen production and transmission system further west towards Drax and Ferrybridge.


Hydrogen available to support decarbonisation of British Steel, one of only two steel works in the UK.


Development of green hydrogen production at Saltend Chemicals Park through electrolysis.


Potential to develop hydrogen storage at Aldbrough.