Consortium gains funding for Humber zero carbon cluster plan

Apr 19 2020

SSE Thermal has signed an agreement, alongside 10 other leading energy and industrial companies, to transform the Humber region into the world’s first ‘zero-carbon cluster’ by 2040.

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) announced that the consortium had been successful in securing funding to launch its plans through Phase One of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

The consortium is focused on using emerging carbon capture and storage (CCS) and hydrogen technology to decarbonise energy and industry in the Humber region. The initiative has the potential to capture and store around 10% of UK's carbon dioxide emissions per year by 2040.

The companies involved include some of the largest businesses in the region. The plan has the potential to contribute to the future prosperity of the UK's largest industrial hub, which contributes £18bn towards UK Gross Value Added (GVA), and to safeguard up to 55,000 jobs across the region.

Proposals include identifying anchor projects from across the Humber region that can kick-start the decarbonisation of energy and industry, by capturing and storing carbon and switching to low-carbon hydrogen as a fuel source.

In the Humber region, SSE Thermal currently operates the Keadby 1 CCGT Power Station in North Lincolnshire, as well as two gas storage sites at Atwick and Aldbrough in East Yorkshire. The company is also constructing the 840MW Keadby 2 Power Station, which is expected to become the cleanest and most-efficient gas-fired power station in Europe when complete in 2022.

As part of its commitment to a net zero future, SSE Thermal has stated that it will not construct any further gas-fired power stations unless they have a clear route to decarbonisation. The company is now aiming to create a clean power hub in the region, using CCS or hydrogen technology to provide flexible and reliable energy with net zero emissions.

The full list of companies involved includes SSE Thermal, Associated British Ports; Centrica Storage Ltd; Drax Group; Equinor; National Grid Ventures; Phillips 66 Ltd; Px limited; Saltend Cogeneration Company Limited; VPI-Immingham LLP; and Uniper. 

SSE Thermal
Humber Local Enterprise Partnership

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