Coal | Electric Power | Natural Gas | Metals 19 May 2020 | 12:42 UTC London
Author Henry Edwardes-Evans
Editor Daniel Lalor
London — Phillips 66, Uniper and Vitol-owned VPI Immingham have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to install post-combustion CO2 capture equipment on two of VPI Immingham’s three gas-fired power generators and selected processing units at the Humber and Lindsay refineries, the companies said Tuesday.
The Humber Zero decarbonization project would then seek to develop of a hydrogen hub producing both green and blue hydrogen to serve the third VPI Immingham generator and local industry, they said.
Blue hydrogen is produced from natural gas with the addition of carbon capture. Green hydrogen is produced via electrolysis using renewable electricity to split water into hydrogen and oxygen.
In a first phase, Humber Zero would capture 8 million metric tonnes per annum of CO2 emissions, with the potential to target 30 million mt CO2 emissions from the wider Humber Cluster to the west of Immingham, the companies said.
“Humber Zero has already secured support from Innovate UK and intends to be operational by the mid-2020s,” they said.
Its coastal location “enables the efficient offtake of CO2 into offshore depleted oil and gas fields and gives access to offshore wind developments for electrolysis,” the companies said.