SSE and Equinor plan to store hydrogen at UK gas storage site
LONDON, July 15 (Reuters) – Britain’s SSE Thermal, a subsidiary of SSE (SSE.L) and Norwegian oil and gas company Equinor (EQNR.OL) have announced that they are making plans to store hydrogen on their existing gas storage site in East Yorkshire. coast.
The site, called Aldbrough, consists of nine underground salt caves that would be converted to store hydrogen.
The project, which is expected to be completed by 2028 with a planned capacity of at least 320 gigawatt hours, may require the construction of additional caverns, the companies said.
Hydrogen gas produced from fossil fuels has been stored underground in caves for many years.
The site would be used to store hydrogen from the Humber region, where a low-carbon hydrogen hub is being developed. Hydrogen would be used for the heat, industrial and transport markets from the end of the 2020s.
Hydrogen, if produced using renewable energy, is a low carbon fuel and is touted by several countries as a way to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
But costs remain high, infrastructure is lacking and hydrogen being less dense than natural gas, it must be compressed, stored and distributed safely on industrial sites or refueling stations for vehicles.
The companies said that while the Aldbrough facility would initially store the hydrogen produced to power the Keadby hydrogen power plant, it would help expand hydrogen ambitions, including providing a growing buyer market. including heat, industry and transportation from late 2020s.
Hydrogen storage will be vital in creating a large-scale hydrogen economy in Britain and balancing the global energy system by providing backup where much of the energy is produced from renewable energy. .
Hydrogen produced using renewable energy is done through electrolysis, which separates water into hydrogen and oxygen.
“By providing large-scale hydrogen storage capacity, we can use hydrogen to decarbonize vital power generation, as well as heavy industry, heating, transportation and other hard-to-reach sectors,” preserving and creating critical jobs and investments across the region, ”said Stephen Wheeler, CEO of SSE Thermal.
Reporting by Nina Chestney, editing by William Maclean
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