Plans revealed for hydrogen plant in South Killingholme

One of the newest planning requests in North Lincolnshire is for a prospective hydrogen plant facility that might produce 100MW of electricity.

Renewable hydrogen will be produced using renewable electricity produced by the largest offshore wind farm in the world. Plans developed jointly by rsted Gigastack Limited and Phillips 66 Limited also include a pipeline to transfer the hydrogen to the Humber Refinery.

On property east of Rosper Road in South Killingholme, a specialized electrolyser facility would be used to create hydrogen. If granted, it’s expected that work will start at the end of 2023, and the property will be ready to use by 2025.

The South Killingholme hydrogen production facility is currently in the preliminary phases of planning. The obligatory environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the project has been requested by rsted and Philips 66 Limited.

The hydrogen plant will receive its electricity from an onshore substation for Hornsea Two via a three to four kilometer underground electric line. The hydrogen plant will be located 1.5 kilometers northwest of Immingham and 2.2 kilometers east of South Killingholme. The massive rsted provider of renewable energy operates Hornsea Two, which debuted in August. It is the world’s largest offshore wind farm and can supply 1.4 million UK homes with sustainable electricity.

By separating water into hydrogen and oxygen, an electrolyser operates. The proposed factory would span over 13 hectares and have 18 sizable tanks, the largest of which is 20 meters, four vents for oxygen and hydrogen, and a backup diesel generator.

The plant’s goal is to partially replace the fossil fuel-based gas used in the Humber Refinery, aiding in the decarbonization process. Using refinery waste water for the water supply is the current plan, although thorough design will further evaluate this.