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    Equinor starts early work on UK blue hydrogen facility


Three contractors are competing in a pre-FEED study and a final investment decision is expected by next year.

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Equinor starts early work on UK blue hydrogen facility

Norwegian energy major Equinor said November 2 it had awarded pre-FEED contracts for the proposed 600-MW H2H blue hydrogen production plant.

Studies will move forward for the Hydrogen-to-Humber project that will produce hydrogen by utilising natural gas as a feedstock and incorporating carbon capture and storage technology.

“Producing hydrogen from natural gas with carbon capture and storage (CCS) provides a practical, scalable solution to decarbonise a wide range of sectors that currently depend on fossil fuel,” said Dan Sadler, Equinor’s vice president for UK Low Carbon Solutions.

The pre-front end engineering and design (FEED) contracts would also examine how to roll out an additional 1,200 MW of hydrogen, which would be used to power the Keadby generating station.

Equinor and UK utility SSE in April agreed on joint development of Keadby, the world's first 100% hydrogen-fuelled power station. The facility will be located in the Humber region, the UK's most carbon-intensive industrial cluster.

All told, Equinor envisions as much as 1.8 GW of regional hydrogen production capacity, which would represent about a third of the UK government’s hydrogen production goal.

Equinor picked three separate ventures to lead the pre-FEED studies.

“At the end of 2022 the plan is to select one of the consortia to move into the final stage of engineering (FEED) in preparation for a final investment decision in later 2023,” Equinor stated.