The Humber Industrial Decarbonisation Network met on Tuesday 26 April at CATCH. Over 50 online and 10 in person delegates joined the network which was chaired by guest chair Mike Wailes, Director of European Strategy, Phillips66.
Mike is a member of the Humber Industrial Cluster Plan steering group and welcomed delegates to the meeting and introduced Professor Karen Turner, Centre for Energy Policy, University of Strathclyde who gave a presentation on Phase 1 CCUS cluster rollout - potential wider economy impacts, responses and trade-offs. Karen gave a thorough analysis highlighting key messages from research and the importance of scenario assumptions including considerations of investment in an over-sized CO2 transport and storage system. The research looked at the magnitude of positive or negative effects, and the timeframe of adjustment at macro and sectoral level depends on response of wages in supply constrained UK labour market and noted that capture is more challenging than T&S.
After questions, Mike then introduced Chris Barbary, Senior Vice President Global at Worley who gave an insightful look at Supply Chain Excellence for Net Zero. Chris explored a range of challenges to meeting demand for net zero infrastructure including developing people and skills, understanding the technology and how the UK can meet equipment, materials and engineering service needs. Chris gave an overview of the timeline milestones, now to 2027 and practical ways in which project management professionals can take the lead in accomplishing these goals. Chris proposed that there is time to address any gaps in the capacity and capability of UK supply chains to maximise UK content. Work is already underway to address both supply of key equipment items such as valves, pumps, compressors, rotating equipment as deliverability is an early focus in front end engineering design packs.
After the break, the network received a Humber Zero update from Jenny Sutcliffe, Principal Consultant for Regulatory Affairs at Phillips66. Humber Zero is an industry-led project to remove up to 8 million tonnes of CO2 annually by 2030 from the Immingham industrial area. The project is supported by Phillips66, VPI and UKRI and is set to invest around £1.2billion in the initial deployment phase, creating 200 permanent jobs and at least 2500 construction jobs. Jenny outlined how Phillips66 will transition to a refinery of the future, processing increasing amounts of low and zero carbon feedstocks and producing a range of decarbonised energy products including SAF and EV battery coke, a key component in reducing emissions in the transportation sector.
Katie Hedges, CATCH Director of Membership & Low Carbon Strategy gave and update on the Humber Industrial Cluster Plan. The Cluster Plan project is in full swing with many work packages progressing in parallel. Studies and modelling work will feed into the development of a Cluster Plan which will be delivered by March 2023. The next HICP networking event is an exhibition being held on 7th June at the Baths Hall, Scunthorpe as part of Humber Business Week.
To register for the The Humber: A 2030 Vision for Industrial Decarbonisation Map event – please click here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/humber-industrial-decarbonisation-conference-exhibition-registration-320688216087
At part of our “HICP Pulse” series, at the meeting we asked - To what extent to you feel that the UK is ready to increase manufactured content in the emerging carbon capture sector?