A consortium including Equinor, SSE, Uniper, Centrica, National Grid, Mitsubishi and British Steel has applied for a UK government grant of up to £20 million ($25.8 million) to progress work on a major carbon capture and storage (CCS) project that would include Europe’s first commercial-scale blue-hydrogen plant.

The Zero Carbon Humber (ZCH) project in north-east England aims to capture the CO2 from several large-scale fossil-fuel power plants, as well as the blue-hydrogen facility and possibly a steel mill — and pump the emissions via a pipeline to an aquifer under the North Sea.