Drax Group, Equinor and National Grid Ventures have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

The MoU is a commitment for the companies to work together to explore how a large-scale carbon capture usage and storage (CCUS) network and a hydrogen production facility could be constructed in the Humber in the mid-2020s.

The partnership could further lead to the Humber becoming the world’s first net zero carbon region and home to a new hydrogen economy.

Commenting on the partnership, Will Gardiner, Drax Group CEO said, “This partnership is committed to meeting this challenge putting Great Britain at the heart of the global energy revolution.”

“With Drax’s carbon negative power station, the Humber region could lead the world in new technologies that can deliver for the climate and the economy, helping to create a cleaner environment for future generations whilst creating new jobs and export opportunities for British businesses.”

“We’re excited to be working with National Grid Ventures and Equinor on this project – for decades the Humber has been a strategically important industrial cluster for the UK – it has the skills, industrial capability, as well as offshore storage to transform itself into a cutting-edge low carbon hub.”

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Source: Drax Group

The three companies will work together to:

  • Explore the opportunity to scale-up the innovative bioenergy carbon capture and storage (BECCS) pilot project at the Drax Power Station.
  • Explore the potential development of a large-scale hydrogen demonstrator within the Drax site by as early as the mid 2020’s.
  • Explore the strategic opportunities in developing a hydrogen economy in the region.

“We are pleased to be partnering with Drax and National Grid Ventures in looking at how the Humber region can be a launch pad for a wider decarbonisation in the UK economy and be an example for others to learn from,” said Irene Rummelhoff, Equinor’s Executive Vice-President for Marketing, Midstream and Processing.

Jon Butterworth, Chief Operating Officer, Global Transmission, for National Grid Ventures, said, “We all agree that we must act now to start delivery a ‘net-zero’ carbon economy. That’s why we’re delighted to be working together with Equinor and Drax.”

“This is a project of great potential for the UK and the Humber region and we look forward to leveraging our skills and expertise to enable this transition.”

“CCUS and hydrogen create a new pathway to greater decarbonisation of the energy system and provide a platform for decarbonising other areas of our economy, which will be to the benefit of current and future generations.”

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