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Essar plans furnace at refinery to run on Hydrogen

Essar’s Stanlow refinery – which supplies 16% of the UK’s road transport fuels – sits at the heart of HyNet North West. BloombergPremium
Essar’s Stanlow refinery – which supplies 16% of the UK’s road transport fuels – sits at the heart of HyNet North West. Bloomberg

The scheme, subject to planning approval, will comprise the decommissioning of three existing furnaces, including a chimney of about 140 metres in height, and their replacement with a single, highly-efficient furnace, including a chimney around 71 metres tall.

MUMBAI : Essar Oil UK on Wednesday said it plans to install a £45 million (about 456 crore) furnace at its Stanlow refinery that will be capable of using hydrogen as its fuel source. This follows the launch of Vertex Hydrogen in January, a new Essar-led joint venture, in which the company will invest £1 billion over the next five years to cut emissions, including the development of new hydrogen production plants at Stanlow, forming a central part of the UK’s HyNet North West decarbonization cluster.

The scheme, subject to planning approval, will comprise the decommissioning of three existing furnaces, including a chimney of about 140 metres in height, and their replacement with a single, highly-efficient furnace, including a chimney around 71 metres tall.

The scheme will lead to several improvements that benefit Stanlow and the surrounding areas, including lower carbon emissions due to gas-only firing and new burners that emit lower levels of nitrogen oxide and future-proofing to enable the use of sustainable fuel types in the future such as hydrogen, the company said adding that the furnace is currently being fabricated in Thailand.

Set to be installed in 2022, the furnace will become fully operational next year. From 2026 onwards, it will be fuelled by hydrogen produced at Stanlow. Essar’s new joint venture, Vertex Hydrogen, will develop the world’s first and largest blue hydrogen production plant at Stanlow.

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