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Uniper plans to develop low-carbon hydrogen at Ratcliffe power station site

Uniper has outlined its plans to produce low-carbon hydrogen, using electrolysis technology, at its Ratcliffe power station site in Nottinghamshire, once the plant has stopped generating at the end of September 2024.

The ambition is to gradually scale up to a total electrolysis hydrogen production capacity of 500 MW by the turn of the decade.

The first 100 MW is targeted to be commissioned in the second half of the 2020s.

This is subject to a successful financial decision and a number of pre-conditions that would have to be satisfied; including securing the necessary planning consents and environmental permit, hydrogen offtake agreements and a Low Carbon Hydrogen Agreement with the Government.

The hydrogen produced could then be used to decarbonise industry, transport and power throughout the East Midlands.

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Hydrogen production is a key pillar of Uniper’s new strategy, and our aim is to build more than 1 GW of electrolyser capacity across the business by 2030.

The potential development will contribute to transforming the site into a zero-carbon technology and energy hub for the East Midlands, once the plant has stopped generating.

This follows a decision by Rushcliffe Borough Council on 13 July, to grant a Local Development Order (LDO), giving outline planning permission for specific types of development including low-carbon energy production, at the site which is also part of the East Midlands Freeport and the East Midlands Hydrogen initiative, which was established by D2N2 alongside other stakeholders.

The potential development at Ratcliffe will build on learning from Uniper’s H2 Maasvlakte project in the Netherlands. Our Maasvlakte project is currently undertaking a Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) study and due to start hydrogen production later this decade.

Guy Phillips, Team Lead, Business Development Hydrogen, UK, commented: “We’re excited about the potential for low carbon hydrogen production at Ratcliffe. We are working closely with regional stakeholders and partners as part of the recently launched East Midlands Hydrogen initiative and there’s a really joined up picture emerging with significant potential demand for hydrogen.

“Ratcliffe is in a great location, with good transport links and excellent utilities infrastructure. It has the potential to support the UK’s hydrogen and decarbonisation ambitions, creating new high-skilled employment opportunities and ensuring the site continues to make a valuable contribution to the regional economy.”

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