Shell goes for blue hydrogen

Shell and Uniper are drawing up plans to produce hydrogen in the Humber, signing an agreement that will see the gas made at Uniper’s site in Killingholme, North Lincolnshire.

The news follows the recent decision by GE to explore options for blends of natural gas and hydrogen at Uniper’s gas-fired power plant in Grain, Kent.

The Humber Hub Blue Project includes plans for a blue hydrogen production facility with a capacity of up to 720MW, using gas reformation technology with carbon capture and storage. The captured carbon would be fed through the proposed Zero Carbon Humber onshore pipeline, part of the East Coast Cluster, recently selected as one of two carbon capture and storage schemes to receive initial government support under the Government’s Cluster Sequencing Process.

Blue hydrogen production at Killingholme could see the capture of approximately 1.6 million tonnes of carbon per year, making a significant contribution to the UK Government’s target to capture 10Mt of carbon per year by 2030.

“Shell is ready to play our part in ensuring an orderly transition to net-zero while bolstering the UK’s energy security,” said David Bunch, country chair, Shell UK. “We plan to invest up to £25bn in the UK energy system over the next decade subject to board approval, and more than 75 per cent of this is for low and zero-carbon technology.”

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