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From jamie goodwin | Thursday 30 May 2019

A new partnership of major energy firms Drax, Equinor and National Grid Ventures has been set up to lower emissions in the region.

How a zero-carbon cluster in the Humber would look under new plans.

The Humber region could become the world’s first net zero-carbon industrial cluster under ambitious new plans.

A new partnership of major energy firms Drax, Equinor and National Grid Ventures has been set up to lower emissions in the region.

It would see the Humber region become a hub for new hydrogen production and carbon capture (CCUS) and storage technology.

The project would build on the area’s push to be recognised as the UK’s Energy Estuary.

The firms are to develop a large-scale CCUS network anchored by Drax’s carbon neutral biomass-based energy, with plans for a hydrogen production facility to be constructed in the Humber in the mid-2020s.

It will also see a carbon pipeline running past the facility, taking in waste emissions from local industry on the north and south banks of the Humber.

The project has been welcomed by the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

LEP chair Lord Haskins said: “The partnership between Drax Group, Equinor and National Grid Ventures is excellent news for the Humber. 

“The roll-out of CCS and hydrogen technology could be transformational for our region as we continue to develop as one of the UK’s most important centres of clean energy generation and industrial production. “

Supporting industries to decarbonise and secure their long-term competitiveness in the Humber is a key part of the LEP’s industrial strategy for the region. 

The first plans will be launched at the LEP’s Annual Business Summit on 5 June.

Read more here.

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