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Humber net zero industrial cluster gains government funding

Published May 7, 2020

Humber net zero industrial cluster gains government funding

Humber zero carbon cluster secures government funding. 

A zero carbon industrial cluster in the Humber region has secured government funding and received formal support from leading energy companies.

According to edie news, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has approved the first phase of funding via an Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. A total of 11 businesses have now signed a formal agreement to support the cluster.  

Last year, Drax, Equinor, and National Grid published plans to create the world’s first zero carbon industrial hub in the Humber region by 2040.  The plans include proposals to build a demonstration hydrogen production facility and install carbon capture equipment on one of the four biomass units at Drax’s power station in Selby.  

The project partners claim the initiative will contribute £18bn towards the UK economy and safeguard 55,000 manufacturing jobs.  

The companies involved include Associated British Ports, Centrica Storage, Drax Group, Equinor, National Grid Ventures, Phillips 66, px Group, SSE Thermal, Saltend Cogeneration Company, VPI-Immingham LLP, and Uniper. 

The UK Government has committed to decarbonising at least one industrial cluster by 2040. Clusters vying to be the first include the North West, Teesside, Humberside, Grangemouth, South Wales, and Southampton.