By Dominic Chopping
Norwegian energy group Equinor ASA said Thursday that with British energy company SSE PLC's Thermal unit they are developing plans for a hydrogen storage facility at their existing Aldbrough site on the East Yorkshire coast, in the north of England.
The existing Aldbrough gas storage facility, which was commissioned in 2011, is co-owned by SSE Thermal and Equinor, and consists of nine underground salt caverns.
Upgrading the site to store hydrogen would involve converting the existing caverns or creating new purpose-built caverns to store the low-carbon fuel, Equinor said.
Aldbrough hydrogen storage would have an initial expected capacity of at least 320 gigawatt hours, and the facility could be storing low-carbon hydrogen as early as 2028, it said.
"As increasing amounts of hydrogen are produced both from offshore wind power, known as 'green hydrogen', and from natural gas with carbon capture and storage, known as 'blue hydrogen', facilities such as Aldbrough will provide storage for low-carbon energy," Equinor said.
Aldbrough Hydrogen Storage, and the partners' other hydrogen projects in the region, are in the development stage and final investment decisions will depend on the progress of the necessary business models and associated infrastructure.
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