Offshore Electrification
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OGA has updated its strategy to help UK government achieve its commitment to Net Zero by 2050.

To help achieve this target, the UK offshore industry has committed to halving operational emissions over the next decade.

The only viable solution to achieving this reduction is through platform electrification.

At the beginning of 2020, Kellas Midstream joined forced with ABB and Aker Solutions and formed an alliance to research solutions for platform electrification.

We invested heavily in independent research as well as pooling our own collective experience and expertise and arrived at what we can demonstrate to be a solution that offers the fastest route to platform electrification.


Technology

Offshore electrification technology has matured over 20 years allowing us to provide an optimized system solution with significant distance from shore achievable.

Our alliance has access to unique technology e.g. sub-sea transformers, which will significantly lower brownfield modification costs.

There are no other technologies available to reduce upstream emissions at scale.


Our Rigorous Approach to Electrification

Our Rigorous Approach to Electrification
Hydrogen
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H2NorthEast Project

The UK must decarbonise industry to achieve its target of net zero emissions by 2050 and we are eager to play our part in meeting this target. Nearly half of carbon emissions from UK industrial clusters come from Britain’s historic engine room: Teesside and the Humber.

Local industrial sites in Teesside are looking to fuel switch from natural gas to low carbon hydrogen. We believe that blue hydrogen will play a major part in the transition to net zero and are currently targeting investment in a 1GW blue hydrogen facility located at our CATS terminal in Teesside.

This would be the first blue hydrogen production facility on Teesside, and have an asset life of around 25 years. The project, estimated to come on stream by the end of 2027, would deliver low-carbon hydrogen that will decarbonize industrial heating processes in the Teesside industrial cluster and/or blend with natural gas into the NTS or NGN local network.

Key Benefits of Hydrogen

Blue Hydrogen Technology

Blue Hydrogen is produced from natural gas, via a ‘reforming’ process with the CO2 by-product captured and permanently stored.

Much greater CO2 mitigation can be achieved in a centralised blue hydrogen plant than trying to capture the CO2 downstream (post combustion) at multiple decentralised customer sites.

Hydrogen is a clean fuel, when it burns it reacts with oxygen to create water. By capturing the emissions associated with creating Blue Hydrogen it is an excellent net zero solution in the short and medium term, whilst infrastructure is put in place to create hydrogen from renewable sources.

Blue hydrogen technology is scalable now, compared to green hydrogen from renewable sources which is currently limited by small unit size, high capex and high opex.

Why CATS?

There are many features that make the CATS terminal an ideal location for blue hydrogen production in Teesside. Currently all our gas from the CATS terminal is exported to the national grid, along with the other gas processing facilities in the area. The ability to process blue hydrogen on site at Teesside and export via the current national grid connection is efficient and supports blended gas in the national grid.

Another key feature is that the NTS connection point is within the CATS site boundary. This, together with the availability of significant quantities of natural gas, means the location would also be optimal for a future blending facility for feeding hydrogen into the NTS.

Contacts

Please send supply chain and general enquiries to H2NorthEast@kellasmidstream.com and we will respond within 24 hours.

Hydrogen and CATS Fast Facts

  • We own and operate the CATS natural gas pipeline, which lands at Teesside, bringing around 10 billion cubic metres of gas to the UK each year – around 26% of total UK domestic gas production
  • The CATS terminal has the available land required for the construction of a large-scale blue hydrogen facility
  • The CATS site is located to nearby salt caverns which could be used to store hydrogen and/or CO2
  • With our Seal Sands location, we are near several industrial off-takers and we have an existing connection to the national transmission grid
  • In addition, Seal Sands location is one of only three growth areas that have been identified in the Stockton-on-Tees Local Plan (2019) for future hazardous installations
  • Our throughput forecast shows that we will have sufficient gas feedstock for the duration of the operational life of the blue hydrogen facility
  • The emissions from our blue hydrogen plant would be captured and stored by utilising the East Coast Cluster CCS facilities
  • Methane emissions can be an issue associated with Blue Hydrogen due to leakage during transportation – the location of our CATS terminal means that methane emissions are extremely low