Equinor will produce blue hydrogen in the UK

Equinor extreme profitability statoilEquinor headquarters at Forus, Stavanger. Photo: Tor Erik Schrøder / NTB scanpix

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Equinor plans to expand what the company calls itself a world-leading plant for the production of hydrogen from natural gas with CO2 purification.

The new plant is planned to be built at Saltend Chemicals Park near Hull in the United Kingdom.

The plan is to start large-scale production of so-called blue hydrogen. This will be done by converting natural gas to hydrogen in an autothermal reformer, while capturing and storing CO2 to ensure that the greenhouse gas emissions from hydrogen production are low.

The project, called Hydrogen to Humber Saltend (H2H Saltend), can according to Equinor, mark the beginning of a decarbonisation of the industrial cluster in the Humber area. The goal is zero emissions from the industrial cluster by 2040.

“Together we can make Humber and the UK a world-leading example that others can learn from,” said  Equinor Executive Vice President Irene Rummelhoff in a press release.

In the initial phase, Equinor expects the hydrogen produced to help reduce emissions from Saltend by almost 900,000 tonnes of CO2 a year.

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