Sumitomo Corporation, jointly with Sumitomo Corporation Europe Limited and Summit Exploration and Production Limited, will participate in a feasibility study on a regional carbon neutrality project involving the establishment of a hydrogen value chain centered on the Bacton Gas Terminal in the United Kingdom (hereinafter, “the Project”).
Situated in southeastern U.K., the Bacton Gas Terminal is a large-scale natural gas gathering site that handles around a third of the natural gas demand in the U.K. As part of the U.K. government’s efforts to shift to clean energy across the country, it is planning to establish a value chain encompassing manufacture, storage, and transportation of hydrogen at the Bacton Gas Terminal and its surrounding areas with the aim of promoting carbon neutrality. The Project is planning to cover blue hydrogen production based on natural gas reforming, carbon capture and storage (CCS), with later incorporation of green hydrogen production using offshore wind power. Early stage hydrogen production is planned to commence in 2030. The Bacton Gas Terminal has pipelines, which will potentially allow hydrogen to be exported to the European continent in the future.
The Sumitomo Corporation Group has been selected to participate in the feasibility study for the Project through a public solicitation issued by the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA), the U.K.’s administrative authority responsible for the UK’s oil and gas industry. Starting in 2022, 5 Special Interest Groups* will research regional hydrogen supply scenarios, formulate hydrogen demand models, and verify major infrastructure toward the goal of reaching a decision to commercialize the Project in 2025. The Sumitomo Corporation Group will proactively contribute as the lead company of the hydrogen supply Special Interest Group, and as a core member of the hydrogen demand Special Interest Group.
By collaborating with energy businesses and others around the world, the Sumitomo Corporation Group will work toward regional carbon neutrality in the U.K., the world’s leader in decarbonization. Additionally, the Group will take further steps to accumulate knowledge and experience in the business for Energy Innovation, which is one of its next-generation growth strategy themes,, as upheld in the Medium-Term Management Plan SHIFT 2023, and accelerate the creation of new businesses, while also endeavoring to contribute to resolving social issues.