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Zero Carbon Humber pipeline proposals unveiled as consultation opens

Plans for the network of pipelines that carry the Net Zero ambitions of the Humber region’s traditional industries have been unveiled.

A major consultation process is launching for the huge infrastructure project, connecting some of the largest emitters to a supply of hydrogen, while taking away carbon dioxide captured from the processes.

Three corridor routes and four landfall options have been put forward by National Grid Ventures as part of The Humber Low Carbon Pipelines project, after extensive analysis of the huge zone that takes in much of the region.

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Stretching from Drax on the western border to sites off the East Coast, it aims to take in the Keadby power cluster, British Steel at Scunthorpe and proposed hydrogen production sites at Killingholme and Saltend – from Uniper and Equinor – locations where emissions are also high.

Storage proposals from SSE and Equinor at Aldbrough are also factored in.

The removal of millions of tonnes of CO2 is the prize, while enabling a fuel switch for heavy industry in the most intensive industrial cluster in the UK.

Andy Benjamin, director of CCUS at National Grid Ventures said: “The Humber has a long heritage in industry and power generation, providing the critical infrastructure that enables them to decarbonise helps retain key jobs on our collective pathway to decarbonisation. By working with partners from across the region, we are bringing forward transformative plans to help unlock the Humber’s low carbon future.

The Humber Low Carbon Pipelines project proposed corridors entering the first consultation.

“With the launch of this first phase of consultation, we will be speaking to communities along the potential route to understand their views which will help to shape how we take the project Forward.”

The consultation runs until October 22, with feedback to help inform further stages in 2022, alongside government decisions on cluster sequencing, technical studies and site investigations.

Current corridor proposals are more than 1km wide, and involve more than 100 miles of pipeline, protecting existing jobs and creating new ones in low carbon technologies as part of the Zero Carbon Humber partnership.

The plan is seen as not only playing a huge role in meeting the UK’s 2050 objectives, but acting as a magnet for further investment with a ‘plug-and-play’ solution in place.

Future consultations will also include above ground installations, locations to provide access for pipeline maintenance. It is thought most will be close to or on contributing sites.

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