Equinor and SSE Thermal have revealed plans to jointly develop two first-of-a-kind, low-carbon power stations in the Humber region.
The plans comprise one of the UK’s first power stations with carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, and the world’s first major 100% hydrogen-fuelled power station.
Underpinned by a new cooperation agreement between the two companies, the plans would support the UK’s transition to net zero and accelerate the decarbonisation of the Humber, the UK’s largest and most carbon-intensive industrial cluster.
The two decarbonised power stations, which would form a ‘clean power hub’ near Scunthorpe would be among the first in the world to utilise CCS and hydrogen technologies.
Keadby 3 and Keadby Hydrogen would replace older, carbon-intensive generation on the electricity grid, providing flexible and efficient power to support intermittent renewable generation and maintain security of supply through the net zero transition.
These projects would also result in the Humber making a significant contribution to the UK’s 2030 targets for CCS and hydrogen.
Keadby 3 would be a 900MW power station fuelled by natural gas and fitted with carbon capture technology to remove the CO2 from its emissions.
The captured CO2 would then be transported using shared pipelines before being
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