The UK is advancing hydrogen deployment to serve the industry in the North West. Cheshire West and Chester Council has approved EET Hydrogen to develop a low-carbon hydrogen production hub located at the Stanlow Manufacturing Complex in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire.
The hub will consist of two hydrogen production plants – HPP1 and HPP2 with an initial capacity of 350MW and 1,000MW respectively. The overall target capacity is 4,000MW+ by 2030. The hub will be part of the HyNet project – a large-scale hydrogen production and supply infrastructure project that involves the capture, utilization and sequestration of the CO2 emissions from the processes.
The hydrogen produced will be used locally by the Essar refinery and other manufacturers in the region like Tata Chemicals, Encirc and Pilkington to create low-carbon refining operations, glass and chemicals manufacturing sites. According to the release, it is needed to enable local businesses to transition away from direct fossil fuel use in the processes.
The start of construction of HPP1 is expected in 2024 with low-carbon hydrogen produced at the site by 2027. The CO2 captured from the sites is estimated at around 2.5 million metric tons annually. Eni will act as the CO2 transport and storage operator of the HyNet consortium, which is expected to store 4.5 million metric tons of CO2 per year in the first phase of the project once operational in 2025.
“This is the largest low carbon hydrogen project in the UK and one of the most advanced in the world… It is a vital piece of the North West’s journey to Net Zero, underpinning HyNet and providing the opportunity for manufacturers in the region to decarbonize their processes and support UK jobs,” said Richard Holden, HPP1 Project Manager at EET Hydrogen.
“The plant will provide locally produced hydrogen to industry across the region, enabling them to switch their fuel to a low carbon alternative,” also added HyNet Project Director at Progressive Energy.