IGas has applied for planning permission to install a Steam Methane Reformation (SMR) unit to produce hydrogen at the Albury wellsite in Surrey.
Surrey County Council is consulting on the plans. Please look at the application documents and send the Council your views. You can do this online here: on the Council’s Planning Portal.
Or send your views to firstname.lastname@example.org, quoting Planning Application SCC Ref 2021/0130.
Points you might like to make include:
- This proposal to produce high carbon, “grey” hydrogen at this site should be refused.
- Numerous claims in this application are misleading and some are untrue.
- “Grey” hydrogen has one of the highest levels of carbon dioxide emissions as a by-product. (The emissions from coal are higher.)
- The production of high carbon “grey” hydrogen is likely to increase the carbon footprint locally and to add to climate change.
- Government support for hydrogen production from natural gas requires the use of carbon capture, use and storage. IGas currently have no plans to capture and store carbon emissions at Albury.
- Although IGas claim they are looking into the possibility of deploying CCUS at a future date, it is questionable, given their high costs and therefore long payback times, whether carbon capture technologies will ever be adopted at this site as it is currently due to cease operations in 2033.
- If these proposals go ahead, they are likely to lead to a significant increase in direct emissions from the site, affecting Surrey County Council’s ability to achieve its net-zero carbon by 2030 target.
- Government energy and climate change policies do not support this form of hydrogen production.
The Weald Action Group is objecting to the proposals. You can read our objection in full here: Objection to Planning Application SCC Ref 2021.
Read a briefing by the Weald Action Group on IGas’s hydrogen plans for Albury and Bletchingley: Igas hydrogen proposal.