A hydrogen production facility and carbon capture plant, which will supply UK glass manufacturing facilities, is set to go ahead.

The hydrogen production facility would supply low carbon hydrogen to glass manufacturers Pilkington and Encirc.

Councillors on the planning committee at Cheshire West and Cheshire Council approved the development yesterday (Tuesday) , which is located at the Stanlow oil refinery in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, England, UK.

EET Hydrogen (formerly Vertex Hydrogen) revealed in September 2023 that engineering and design work had started on the project.

The facility will eventually supply up to 1,000MW of hydrogen to glass manufacturers Pilkington and Encirc, as well as soda ash producer Tata Chemicals.

EET Hydrogen, a joint venture between Essar Oil UK, owner of the refinery, and low carbon energy firm Progressive Energy, is behind the proposal.

It forms part of the wider HyNet hydrogen project.

Hydrogen will be produced at Stanlow by burning natural gas and piped to industrial customers across the North West.

This method would usually produce substantial carbon emissions, contributing to global warming and climate change.

However, HyNet plans to invest in carbon capture and storage (CCS). Once captured, the carbon will be piped to depleted gas fields under Liverpool Bay where it will be stored indefinitely.

According to the planning documents, EET aims to capture up to 97% of the CO2 produced by the hydrogen plant.

The project comprises of two phases. Hydrogen production plant (HPP) 1 will create infrastructure to enable a hydrogen production capacity of up to 350MW.

HPP2 will include an additional hydrogen process area and associated plant increasing the production capacity of the HPP three-fold, by a further 700MW.

HPP1 is expected to start production in 2027, while HHP2 is estimated to start production in 2028.

EET Hydrogen aims to deliver approximately 4GW of low carbon hydrogen by 2030, around 40% of the UK Government’s national target.

It secured funding for the project from the UK Government in March 2023.

The development is designed to have an operational life of approximately 25 years.

The project, when operational, would provide employment during its construction and for 20 additional full-time staff.