Norwegian energy giant Equinor is advancing in its ambitions to achieve low-carbon targets. As one of the leading partners in the project of decarbonizing the UK’s largest CO2-emitting industry region, the Humber, Equinor will now be tripling its efforts for producing low-carbon hydrogen.
As a result, the joined forces of the energy giant and other partners in the Humber project could help the UK achieve over half of its 5GW target by 2030.
The Zero Carbon Humber (ZCH) partnership aims to deliver clean power to local industries and currently has a number of projects that share hydrogen and CO2 infrastructure.
Equinor’s President and CEO, Anders Opedal, recently emphasized in a meeting with Norway’s Energy Minister Tina Bru and the UK Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng the vital role of both CCS and hydrogen for the achievement of net-zero goals and realizing the Paris ambitions.
Equinor US Carbon Capture Push
The energy corporation has also been busy in the US, where it has signed an agreement with the United States Steel Corporation to study the development of hydrogen and carbon capture and storage technology. The project is set to take place in the states of West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania and is the second recent announcement of an Equinor carbon capture partnership.
The focus of this joint endeavor is to evaluate the commercial and technological potential for both CCS and hydrogen. Both companies understand that CCS, in combination with natural gas, can significantly aid carbon reduction and help pave the way toward net-zero emissions by 2050.