Wood joins one of UK’s top industrial decarbonization initiatives


United Kingdom Wood has been named the integration project management contractor (IPMC) for Humber Zero, one of the UK’s top industrial decarbonization initiatives.

The Humber is the UK’s most carbon-intensive industrial cluster, emitting 12.4 million tonnes of CO2 each year. Humber Zero is a hybrid carbon capture and storage (CCUS) and hydrogen project developed by Phillips 66 Humber Refinery and Vitol’s VPI Immingham power station.

It has the potential to decarbonize the Immingham industrial complex by capturing up to 8 million tons of CO2 per year for transit and storage in neighboring offshore storage facilities. The study has received funding from the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

According to the decarbonization plan devised for Humber Zero, Immingham will become a carbon capture and hydrogen centre, offering cost effective decarbonized energy supply and storage opportunities to both industry and the National Grid.

A diverse team from Wood will enable the creation and integration of designs throughout the FEED packages, including interface management, safety studies, licensor selection, and future service scoping, as part of the scope of work. Wood will also assist VPI Immingham and Phillips 66 with the future FEED delivery and EPC contractor tendering process. This funding builds on Wood’s feasibility and pre-FEED investigations, which aided in the creation of the Humber Zero project.

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is one of the components in Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s 10-point plan for the Government’s Green Industrial Revolution, which was published in November 2020, and is vital to the UK meeting its legally mandated target of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

The government has set a target of removing 10-million tonnes of CO2 emissions from the UK annually by 2030, which is equivalent to all industrial emissions from the Humber region.