Energy company INEOS is pushing ahead with its net zero ambitions by constructing a low-carbon hydrogen manufacturing plant to help decarbonise its businesses at the company’s Grangemouth site.

Having already committed over £500m on active projects across the site, the company aims to reduce emissions by more than 60% by 2030. 

As part of its Road Map to Net Zero, INEOS is inviting major engineering design contracts to tender for the next stage of the design of its ‘world scale’ carbon capture enabled hydrogen production plant. 

Its projects include investment in a New Energy Plant, due to begin operation in 2023 before being converted to run on hydrogen, which could drive down emissions by at least 150,000 tonnes of CO2 per annum. 

Commenting on the new plant, Andrew Gardner, CEO, Chairman, Grangemouth, said, “This is an exciting development and an important step forward for our site.” 

“We are determined to reduce our own emissions to Net Zero by 2045, create products that will help others reduce their emissions and play a leading role in a clean hydrogen revolution.” 

Hydrogen production at the site combined with a new hydrogen distribution network and modifications to the existing fuel gas network will provide fuel for the existing Combined Heat and Power Plant, the KG Ethylene Plant and assets in the Petroineous Refinery. 

Stuart Collings, CEO, INEOS O&P UK, stated that the company is inviting bids from the best engineering companies to design the relevant architecture for the project. 

He added, “The carbon dioxide from this project will be routed to the Scottish Cluster’s Acorn CO2 transport and storage project, resulting in reductions of more than one million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions each year.” 

The Acorn project will receive over 1m tonnes per year of CO2 from INEOS’ hydrogen plan to be permanently stored in geological formations below the North Sea.