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Global Hydrogen Advisor, Charley Rattan Associates

UK based offshore wind & hydrogen corporate advisor and trainer; Faculty member World Hydrogen Leaders. Delivering global hydrogen and offshore wind corporate investment advice, business...

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  • Jan 13, 2021

Stanlow, a site I know from my Shell days is transitioning as the hydrogen economy gains traction. 

Plans have been revealed to build the UK's first low carbon hydrogen production hub at Essar's Stanlow Refinery in Cheshire.

The scheme is a joint venture by developers of the HyNet North West project - the industrial decarbonisation cluster.

It will convert natural gas and fuel gases from the refinery into low-carbon hydrogen, with carbon dioxide safely captured and stored offshore in sub-surface reservoirs in Liverpool Bay.




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Bob Meinetz on Jan 13, 2021

Charley, I recently finished reading Daniel Yergin's Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Prize: the Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power, a fascinating history of the oil industry. Among other interesting stories, the book recounts the background of Royal Dutch Shell.

What was your position at Shell? In an article on titled Shell Aims To Be World’s Biggest Electric Producer, Using Natural Gas?, the director of Shell’s New Energies unit, Maarten Wetselaar, is quoted as saying

"We believe we can be the largest electricity power company in the world in the early 2030s...With our brand, our global presence, and the adjacency to our gas business – we can get our hands on the cheapest gas anywhere – we should be able to win."

The quote would tend to discredit any idea Shell has ambitions for renewable energy. Would you say Wetselaar's quote accurately reflects the company's priorities?

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