Eni UK and Uniper will evaluate decarbonisation initiatives in North Wales as part of a new agreement signed today (30th June) – and the plans rely heavily on hydrogen and carbon capture and storge (CCS).

In line with the UK Government’s 10-point plan for a green industrial recovery, Eni and Uniper’s efforts will investigate the technical and commercial feasibility to work together on future low carbon project initiatives.

Eni UK currently owns and operates the oil and gas fields in Liverpool Bay, feeding gas extracted from the fields into the Uniper owned Connah’s Quay power station in Flintshire.

To help decarbonise this operation, the MoU will support Uniper’s investigations into future opportunities for blue and green hydrogen production at its site, capturing any CO2 produced as a by-product from the process.

Eni UK will use its infrastructure to transport and store the CO2 in Liverpool Bay.

According to the duo, the Connah’s Quay facility is ideally located for low carbon hydrogen production as it has a source of gas from the national transmission system and is in close proximity to the existing Eni UK pipeline infrastructure.

The pipeline infrastructure is currently being repurposed to transport CO2 as part of the move of Eni UK into CCS as part of the wider HyNet North West project.

Commenting on the commitment, Phillip Hemmens, Eni’s Head of North Europe Region Management, said, “This is an exciting time to invest in decarbonisation technologies to make the UK a global leader in the green industrial revolution.

“We hope this commitment for future cooperation between Eni UK and Uniper will further complement our ongoing work with the wider HyNet North West project, placing the North West of England and North Wales at the forefront of the UK’s journey to Net Zero and helping to decarbonise many sectors of the economy from 2025 onwards.”

Mike Lockett, Uniper UK Country Chairman and Group Chief Commercial Officer Power, added, “Uniper’s Connah’s Quay power station is ideally placed to be part of the decarbonisation story for North Wales and the North West of England, as we look to grow our hydrogen capability in the UK. We look forward to working together with Eni UK to explore future hydrogen production and CCS opportunities at the site.”

The MoU marks the latest in a number of agreements between Eni UK and companies based in the North West of England and North Wales as the company develops its CCS business.