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    Eni, Uniper to work on decarbonising NW UK

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Their initial efforts will include green and blue hydrogen testing, low carbon power generation and carbon capture and storage.

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Eni, Uniper to work on decarbonising NW UK

Italian Eni and Finnish-owned Uniper have agreed to evaluate decarbonisation initiatives for power generation and industry in north Wales together in a memorandum signed June 30. 

Eni owns and operates oil and gas fields in Liverpool Bay which supply Uniper's Connah’s Quay power station in Flintshire. The memorandum will support Uniper’s tests with blue and green hydrogen production there, while Eni will use its infrastructure to transport and store the CO2 in depleted fields in Liverpool Bay.

Connah’s Quay is directly supplied with gas from the national transmission system and is close to pipeline infrastructure, which is being repurposed to transport CO2 as part of its move into carbon capture and storage (CCS) as part of the wider HyNet North West project.

Eni said it hoped the memorandum would complement its own work with the HyNet North West project, "placing the northwest of England and north Wales at the forefront of the UK’s journey to net zero carbon and helping to decarbonise many sectors of the economy from 2025 onwards.”

Uniper said its Connah's Quay power station is "ideally placed to be part of the decarbonisation story" as it develops its hydrogen capability in the UK. In 2020, Uniper pledged to make its own European power generation portfolio climate-neutral by 2035.

In May, Eni signed a framework agreement with Progressive Energy to accelerate CCS within the HyNet North West low carbon cluster project. Eni UK holds a CO2 storage appraisal licence, through which it plans to use its offshore fields in Liverpool Bay as a permanent storage. Eni has set up Liverpool Bay CCS Limited, a wholly owned affiliate of Eni UK, to be the entity for future licenced operations under the government’s envisaged regulated regime for CO2 transport and storage.