Norwegian energy giant Equinor has announced a plan to build Europe’s first large-scale blue hydrogen facility in northeast England by 2026, “subject to supportive UK policy”.

The 600 megawatt Hydrogen to Humber Saltend (H2H Saltend) project will produce 125,000 tonnes per annum of low-carbon H2 from natural gas with carbon capture and storage (CCS) — and will be the world’s first commercial-scale blue-hydrogen facility to use the autothermal reforming (ATR) process.