Equinor and SSE have announced plans to develop two low-carbon power plants, one equipped with carbon capture and storage (CCS), the other powered entirely by hydrogen. These will add 1.8 GW by 2030. Both plants, Keadby Hydrogen and Keadby 3, would be the first of their kind in the UK.
Keadby Hydrogen is scheduled to have a 900 MW capacity. The plant will run entirely on hydrogen, with an expected hydrogen peak demand of 1800 MW. The project will be connected to the hydrogen pipeline infrastructure under development by the Zero Carbon Humber (ZCH) partnership. The first hydrogen production unit to connect to the ZCH infrastructure will be Equinor’s H”H Saltend project, which has an expected capacity of 600 MW and will come online during the mid-2020s.
A spokesperson from SSE said: “H2H Saltend is one potential source from the hydrogen required for the Keadby Hydrogen project, but with peak demand of 1800 MW, clearly other production facilities will be needed. We are exploring this alongside Equinor.”
Hydrogen for power generation could also be used in the Keadby 2 project, a CCGT plant currently under construction.
The Keadby 3 900 MW plant will be one of the first major CCGT plants with CCS in Europe.