Essar Submits Planning Request for Hydrogen Production Plants, Energy News, ET EnergyWorld


New Delhi: Essar Oil (UK) Ltd on Thursday announced that it has submitted a planning application to Cheshire West and the Chester Council, seeking approval for the construction of hydrogen production plants at its Stanlow manufacturing complex in Ellesmere Port , UK. The proposed hydrogen plants will form a central pillar of the historic ‘HyNet North West’ initiative, a revolutionary low-carbon energy project that will position the region at the forefront of the UK’s transition to net zero .
“The construction of two blue hydrogen production centers at Stanlow will attract £ 750 million total investment and support a hydrogen economy in North West England and North East Wales . If approved, construction is expected to begin at the site by the end of 2022, with hydrogen production expected to begin by the mid-2020s, ”the company said in a statement.

Essar CEO Deepak Maheshwari said the company is committed to transitioning to low-carbon operations.

“The planned evolution of our Stanlow refinery is expected to fuel Britain’s low carbon revolution for years to come, creating jobs and helping local communities thrive,” he said. The application will require a full building permit for the majority of the first phase of development, including the first processing plant capable of producing 350 MW of low carbon, high purity hydrogen.

It will also apply for a building permit for parts of a support plant for phase 1, as well as a second hydrogen production plant with a capacity of 700 MW of hydrogen and a support plant. Over the following years, capacity growth is expected to reach 80% of the government’s new target of 5 GW of low-carbon hydrogen for electricity, transportation, industry and homes by 2030.
Together with HyNet, Essar also announced plans to create a new facility to convert non-recyclable household waste into sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for airlines operating at UK airports. The project involves Essar, Fulcrum BioEnergy and Essar’s subsidiary Stanlow Terminals and will convert several hundred thousand tonnes of pre-treated waste, otherwise destined for incineration or landfill, into approximately 100 million liters of low emission FAS. carbon per year.

Essar Oil UK operates the Stanlow oil refinery which produces over 16% of the UK’s road transport fuels each year. Since acquiring Stanlow in 2011, Essar has invested $ 1 billion in improving margins and other efficiency initiatives to ensure the refinery remains competitive in a rapidly changing market.


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