Uniper, Shell to produce Blue Hydrogen at UK power station

April 20, 2022
The Humber Hub Blue Project includes a blue hydrogen production facility with capacity of approximately 720 MW, using gas reformation technology with carbon capture and storage.

Uniper and Shell have signed an agreement to produce blue hydrogen at Uniper’s Killingholme power station site in England.

The hydrogen produced at the site in the East of England will be used to decarbonize transport, power and industry in the Humber region. Blue hydrogen is a term used when the H2 is produced by carbon-intensive methods, such as steam reforming of natural gas methane, but is decarbonized via carbon capture and storage or other emission reduction technologies.

The Humber Hub Blue Project includes a blue hydrogen production facility with capacity of approximately 720 MW, using gas reformation technology with carbon capture and storage. The carbon captured through the process will be fed through a proposed Zero Carbon Humber onshore pipeline.

This pipeline is part of the East Coast Cluster – one of the two carbon capture and storage schemes that have received government support under the Cluster Sequencing Process.

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The Humber Hub Blue Project is eligible for the Phase-2 of the Government’s Cluster Sequencing Process. The Phase-2 projects are expected to make final investment decisions from 2024 and be operational from 2027.

Shell and Uniper will begin process design studies and site development activity.

“The Humber Hub Blue Project is a key part of Uniper’s hydrogen ambitions in the UK and we’re extremely pleased that Shell is joining us on this initiative,” Uniper Hydrogen CEO Axel Wietfeld said.

The Killingholme facility is expected to see the capture of an estimated 1.6 million metric tons of carbon annually through CCS. It will contribute to the government’s target of capturing 10Mt of carbon annually by 2030.