Feasibility study for hydrogen ‘super-hub’

Consulting engineer WSP are to prepare a six month feasibility study for a hydrogen ‘super-hub’ in the Port of Southampton.

The study is being funded by gas network company SGN and Macquarie’s Green Investment Group (GIG). They are looking into creating a centre for hydrogen production and distribution on the south coast through carbon capture and hydrogen-based technologies.

Southampton emits around 2.6 million tonnes of CO2 from a combination of industrial activity and properties connected to SGN’s network for heat. A scheme incorporating carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) technology could reduce these emissions and further decarbonisation could be achieved through localised hydrogen production.

Director of energy futures at SGN, Gus Mcintosh, said: “We’re at the forefront of hydrogen exploration and Southampton could easily become a world benchmark for decarbonising whole industrial areas. That would bring cleaner air, large numbers of jobs, and new economic opportunities in hydrogen production and export”.

Head of gas networks at WSP, Ben Clarke, said: “This study will help us understand the potential to decarbonise the Southampton Water industrial cluster through the use of hydrogen and carbon capture. The government has signalled their keenness for hydrogen and CCUS to be explored at pace and we are delighted to be supporting SGN and GIG on this project”.

Last month SGN secured Ofgem funding to deliver H100 Fife, a hydrogen demonstration network in Levenmouth, Fife, that will bring carbon free heating and cooking to around 300 homes from the end of 2022.