OASE white agreement boost for H2Teesside

Bp and BASF have signed a licence agreement for the use of the German chemical giant’s OASE white to capture CO2 generated during hydrogen production at bp’s H2Teesside.


According to bp, the company’s proposed H2Teesside aims to be one of the UK’s largest blue hydrogen production facilities, targeting 1.2GW of hydrogen production by 2030.

Blue hydrogen is produced from natural gas, with the carbon dioxide generated captured for storage.

BASF’s OASE white has been deployed in ammonia, hydrogen and carbon monoxide plants globally and is expected to bring improved energy efficiency to the blue hydrogen production process while achieving a CO2 capture rate of up to 99.99 per cent, a figure based on performance test runs in similar units. 

The continuous OASE gas treatment process adds an amine-based solvent agent to the gas stream where it absorbs the CO2. After this, both components are separated from the hydrogen rich gas stream before being separated again by fractionation. The COis then sent for storage and the OASE solvent agent is re-used in the process.

Carbon capture at H2Teesside could capture and send for storage of approximately two million tonnes of CO₂ per year via the bp-led Northern Endurance partnership, the CO2 transportation and storage company that will deliver the onshore and offshore infrastructure needed to capture carbon from facilities across Teesside and the Humber.

In a statement, Will Harrison-Cripps, H2Teesside asset development lead at bp, said: “This agreement marks another critical milestone for H2Teesside as the project builds momentum and continues to move towards commercial operations, planned for 2028. Along with its sister project HyGreen Teesside, H2Teesside could play a critical role in decarbonising industry and heavy transport on Teesside, helping to transform the region into a leading hydrogen hub and kickstart the UK’s low carbon hydrogen economy.”