UK chemical giant Ineos plans to build a low-carbon hydrogen manufacturing plant with CCS at Grangemouth in Scotland, UK.
The company has invited major engineering design contractors to tender for the next stage of the design of the ‘world-scale’ plant, including major associated infrastructure, such as a new hydrogen distribution network throughout the site and modifications to the existing fuel gas network. The scope of the design should also provide for third party connections to support the development of a local hydrogen hub.
The planned hydrogen production plant will be connected to the Scottish Cluster’s Acorn CCS infrastructure to enable in excess of 1 million tpa of produced CO2 to be sent through existing gas pipelines and permanently stored in rock formations deep below the North Sea.
The construction of the blue hydrogen plant follows Ineos’ Road Map to Net Zero for Grangemouth, which aims to reduced emissions by more than 60% across the site by 2030, and to net zero by 2045. Ineos has already committed to spending £500 million (€601 million) at Grangemouth, including its New Energy Plant which will reduce carbon emissions by 150,000 tpa and will eventually convert to hydrogen. Hydrogen will also fuel the existing combined heat and power (CHP) plant, the KG Ethylene Plant and assets in the Petroineos Refinery.
‘The construction of a world scale low carbon hydrogen plant is an exciting development at Grangemouth and one that will deliver on our commitment to achieve net zero by 2045. It builds on the significant CO2 reductions we’ve already made at Grangemouth since we acquired the site in 2005. We are determined to reduce our own emissions to net zero, create products that will help others reduce their emissions and play a leading role in a clean hydrogen revolution,’ says Andrew Gardner, chairman of INEOS Grangemouth.
In October 2021, Ineos announced that it would invest €2 million in green hydrogen plants in Norway, Belgium and Germany.
(Source: Tank Storage Magazine)