Huge boost for ground-breaking Humber Zero project

Huge boost for ground-breaking Humber Zero project

Huge boost for ground-breaking Humber Zero project

Humber Zero has today secured another fantastic boost for the region in the form of a £25-million grant, £12.5-million of which is government funding.

This means work can start on decarbonising the Humber region, responsible for 40% of the nation’s industrial carbon emissions.

It will also allow Humber Zero to develop the technology to capture and safely store carbon created by the Immingham industrial cluster.

The grant will see around 2,500 construction jobs created and will safeguards tens of thousands of existing roles.

The project will see up to 8-million tonnes per annum of CO2 removed from the Immingham industrial site within the next 7 years.

It is backed by the Phillips66 Humber Refinery and Vitol’s VPI-Immingham combined heat and power plant, who have also invested £12.5 million.

Project Director, Jonathan Briggs, said:

“We are pleased to have been selected for the funding which allows us to go through to the Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) stage.

“The Government’s confidence in the project is a sign of the Humber’s significance as an epicentre to decarbonise UK industry.

“It is cost effective and presents an opportunity to decarbonise strategic industries around Immingham.

“We now look forward to working with Innovate UK and transportation and storage operators who are developing sites.”

He said Carbon Capture Storage was not just an option but an imperative and its importance was recognised by the Prime Minister in his recent 10-point plan for a Green Industrial Revolution.

“We have a world class partnership ready to meet the goals and ambitions of the Paris Agreement and there is an opportunity for the Humber to become a CCS global technology leader.”

The FEED stage starts with immediate effect and is expected to be completed by summer, 2023, for VPI and the end of 2023 for Phillips 66.

The project will start carbon capture in 2027.

Huge boost for ground-breaking Humber Zero project
Humber Zero

This fantastic news follows several major investment schemes into the Humber region.

It comes after the recent announcement that the Humber is among eight areas of England to be awarded freeport status.

A grant of almost £4.5m has also been awarded to the Killingholme Marshes Drainage Scheme, alongside funds in excess of £75m for a nearby wind turbine manufacturing plant.

Collectively, the developments are expected to secure at least 14,000 jobs.

Leader of North East Lincolnshire Council Leader, Cllr Philip Jackson, added:

“The Green Industrial Revolution is happening right here, right now. The Government’s recently published 10 point plan looks to bring together technologies such as offshore wind, hydrogen production and carbon capture in areas which will become “super places” in which green industries prosper.

“It’s those green industries that will help to provide long-term jobs in our area in both offshore wind and on-shore waste to energy industries.

“All of this doesn’t happen overnight – it’s through working with businesses over a number of years, and investing in the long-term, that we can make a difference and benefit in terms of jobs and the economy in North East Lincolnshire.”

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