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    Equinor to Build UK Hydrogen/CCS Plant


A final investment decision is expected in 2023.

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Equinor to Build UK Hydrogen/CCS Plant

Norway's Equinor plans to build a plant in northern England that will produce hydrogen from natural gas and store the carbon that is released in the process, it announced on July 1.

The project, Hydrogen to Humber Saltend (H2H Saltend), will be based at Saltend chemical park near Hull, and aims to reduce COemissions by 900,000 mt/yr by replacing gas with hydrogen in the UK's gas grid. 

"With our partners, we plan to transform the UK's largest industrial cluster into its greenest cluster," Equinor said, adding that a final investment decision was scheduled to be taken during 2023, with production starting three years later. The company did not say how much the venture would cost.

Equinor and partners Shell and Total took a final investment decision on a carbon capture and storage (CCS) project off Norway in May. That project, Northern Lights, is expected to store up to 1.5mn mt/yr of CO2 under its first phase.