• Equinor to build world’s largest blue hydrogen plant in north-east England, supplying first full-scale hydrogen-fueled power plant

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      Patrick Lavery

      Combustion Industry News Editor

Equinor is to build the world’s largest ‘blue’ hydrogen production plant, at 1,200 MW, in Hull, north-east England, tripling its hydrogen production capacity in the country. SSE’s Keadby gas power plant in Lincolnshire is to be supplied with hydrogen produced from the plant, which would make Keadby the world’s first full-scale power plant to burn pure hydrogen to generate electricity, a remarkable achievement if realised. Equinor and SSE already have plans to supply the Saltend Chemicals Park and Saltend Power Station with hydrogen, and the Keadby-related project is a sign of the rapidity with which some power companies are moving into the production and use of hydrogen, reflective of the growth potential the energy vector has. Speaking of the new plant, Equinor chief executive Anders Opedal said that there is “no viable path to net zero and realising the Paris goals” without hydrogen and carbon capture technology. The announcement will be exciting news for those involved in the power industry around the world.