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David Laister

Humber Zero launches supplier event with engineering and construction focus

Engineering and construction firms keen to play a part in a £1.2 billion carbon capture and storage project have been invited to a special supply chain event.

Humber Zero, the large-scale proposal to reduce emissions in the Immingham power and refining cluster, is hosting the gathering later this month, as consultations begin ahead of the consenting stage.

Led by Phillips 66 and VPI Immingham, the project is targeting one of the highest emitting industrial areas.

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VPI’s Humber Zero project director Jonathan Briggs, said: “Reducing carbon dioxide emissions will be vital to maintain the competitiveness of industry in the Humber region for decades to come. This is an opportunity for suppliers – whether they are local, regional or national – to find out more about what we are going to need as the project takes shape and how they can be a part of this.”

Chris Gilbert, technical manager and UK decarbonisation lead for Phillips 66, said: “The Humber region is the largest industrial emitter in the UK but provides much of the energy and many of the products used by society. It is the ideal place to build the first large at-scale carbon capture projects. We look forward to working with the supply chain on this vitally important project to help the UK meet its net zero obligations.”

The proposed carbon capture units at VPI Immingham, part of the Humber Zero project. (Humber Zero)

The event, at DoubleTree by Hilton Forest Pines Spa and Golf Resort on June 29, is being managed by the Energy Industries Council and will include a breakout session dedicated to construction.

Firms are being asked to register ahead of the gathering.

The event will also be attended by global project delivery and asset services provider Worley who are supporting both VPI and Phillips 66 with the front-end engineering and design phases.

Additionally, Harbour Energy will provide one of the transport and storage options for the CO2 captured in the area and will be available on the day for any questions relating to their V-Net Zero plans.

The f irst consultation on the replacement pipeline running from Immingham to Theddlethorpe has just completed ahead of its formal planning submission.

Humber Zero has the potential to remove up to eight million tonnes of CO2 by 2030.

The initial phase will see post combustion carbon capture technology retrofitted to two combined cycle gas turbine trains and two auxiliary boiler stacks at VPI, and the fluid catalytic cracker at the Humber Refinery, a possible reduction of CO2 of around 3.8 million tonnes each year.

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