Shell and Uniper move forward on Humber H2ub

Energy companies Shell and Uniper have moved a step further in realising the Humber H2ub project by awarding contracts for the design phase for the main facilities.

The Energy Transformation Hub at the site of Uniper’s Killingholme power station will host the Humber H2ub project, which will combine carbon capture and storage (CCS) with gas reformation technology to produce up to 720 megawatts of low-carbon hydrogen, commonly referred to as blue hydrogen. This will then be used in the Humber region to decarbonise transport, industry, and power generation.

Contracts to conduct process design studies have been given to Shell Catalysts & Technologies, Air Liquide Engineering & Construction, and Technip Energies. These three companies will now compete to design the plant and technology for the next phase, namely front-end engineering and design, before a final investment decision is made around the middle of this decade.

Speaking for Shell, Business Development Manager Paul Black said it was now more vital than ever:

“…to explore new ways to use the UK’s natural gas together with carbon capture technology. And we are making strong progress with Uniper to do this. We aim to build hydrogen production to boost the country’s long-term energy security and decarbonise heavy industry, transport and power in the Humber region.”

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