The plant will help decarbonise the Grangemouth refining and petrochemicals hub.

By Maureen McCall

Global energy company INEOS invited bids for the design of a blue hydrogen production plant and associated infrastructure at its refining and petrochemicals facility in Grangemouth, Scotland, on January 27.

The company has already committed £500mn (US$668mn) to low-carbon projects at Grangemouth including a power plant to supply all site operations. The new power plant is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by 150,000 mt/year and then be converted to run on hydrogen to further reduce emissions.

“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,” said Andrew Gardner, chairman of INEOS Grangemouth. We are determined to reduce our emissions to net zero, create products that will help others reduce their emissions and play a leading role in a clean hydrogen revolution.

The scope of design includes a new hydrogen distribution network throughout the site with modifications to the existing fuel gas network. The hydrogen production will be connected to third parties in the area to support the development of a local hydrogen hub.

The blue hydrogen project will access the Scottish Cluster carbon capture and storage (CCS) infrastructure. More than 1mn mt/yr of CO2 from the hydrogen plant will be sent offshore through existing gas pipelines to be permanently stored in rock formations below the North Sea. 

The Scottish Cluster CCS project will be an important part of both Scotland and the UK’s drive to net zero.