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Humber Zero embraces first opportunity to present £1.2b plan at Waterline Summit

The team behind a £1.2 billion decarbonisation project designed to clean up the South Bank’s refining cluster are looking forward to the first face-to-face opportunity to present the work.

Humber Zero is led by Phillips 66 and VPI Immingham, the neighbouring refinery and heat and power plant.

The major infrastructure project aims to use carbon capture and storage technology to eliminate emissions from the heavy industry, linking up with the wider V Net Zero transportation project. It will then pipe the CO2 to depleted gas caverns in the near North Sea. Carbon trading and shipping hub proposals for Port of Immingham also feature.

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Humber Zero is hosting an event as part of the looming Waterline Summit – a high profile week-long conference highlighting regional advances internationally.

Keynote speakers include carbon capture experts and education professionals who will explain what is involved and the opportunities it could create for young people.

Phillips 66 UK decarbonisation lead and technical manager at Humber Refinery, Chris Gilbert, said: “It has been a little frustrating that, because of the pandemic, we have not been able to explain a hugely significant project with stakeholders face-to-face.

“This event is a chance to rectify that. We are grateful to our keynote speakers and promise an informative session that will cover the basics around decarbonisation and the importance of industry linking with education to help them deliver the skills and workforce of the future.”

Humber Zero, the refinery-focused carbon capture and storage project is led by Jonathan Briggs.

A total of 2,500 construction jobs, up to 200 permanent roles and the protection of around 20,000 jobs locally are key metrics, as it aims to attract new industry while preserving existing operations.

Prax Lindsey Oil Refinery and EPUKI’s gas-fired South Humber Bank power station are also now involved.

The Forest Pines session will be hosted by Greater Lincolnshire LEP chair Pat Doody and closed by Cleethorpes MP Martin Vickers, whose constituency the cluster sits.

Speakers include Dr Will Joyce, Innovation Lead for a £210 million UKRI programme, the Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge; Prof Jon Gibbins, professor of carbon capture and storage at the University of Sheffield; and Jenny Vincent, director of business development and careers leader at Engineering UTC Northern Lincolnshire.

It comes as the project has entered its front-end engineering design stage.

Phillips 66 and Vitol-owned VPI have invested £12.5 million in the project, match-funded in March by Innovate UK.

Humber Zero embraces first opportunity to present £1.2b plan at Waterline Summit

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The initial £25 million will be used to develop the technology to capture and safely store carbon created by the Immingham industrial cluster.

VPI’s Humber Zero project director, Jonathan Briggs, said the Humber region was responsible for producing 40 per cent of the nation’s carbon emissions.

“Delegates at Forest Pines will come away with a greater understanding of decarbonisation and why it is so important to the region and the country,” he said.

“Industry has to decarbonise if the UK is to achieve the Government’s net zero carbon emission target.”

The event will take place on Tuesday, October 19 at 4pm. It is also being streamed online.

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