North West bids for carbon capture spot

The North West Hydrogen Alliance (NWHA) has called on the government to support the region’s bid to become one of the UK’s first carbon capture clusters.

The NWHA represents 30 UK organisations specialising in the development of a hydrogen economy.

In a letter, the organisation has asked the secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy, to back HyNet North West an upcoming carbon capture usage and storage (CCUS) sequencing competition.

It has argued that the organisation’s project is essential to the delivery of the government’s ‘Ten Point Plan’ for a green industrial revolution.

“CCUS is essential to the development of a hydrogen economy in the UK,” said professor Joe Howe, chair of the NWHA and executive director, Thornton Research Institute at the University of Chester. “It will enable blue hydrogen to be developed quickly and at scale, unlocking the hydrogen transportation and storage infrastructure which green hydrogen can then readily connect into.”

Howe added: “Organisations across the North West want to operate more sustainably, and HyNet brings a route by which this can happen, and quickly. In the North West, we are committed to becoming one of the first two carbon capture clusters. We have a unique opportunity to repurpose existing onshore and offshore assets before they need to be decommissioned and deliver one of the lowest cost carbon capture clusters in the UK.”

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