The boss of the firm tasked with building a new power plant on the outskirts of Ellesmere Port has been announced.

EET (Essar Energy Transition) Fuels has appointed Rob Wallace as Chief Executive Officer of EET Hydrogen Power, EET’s planned hydrogen-ready combined heat and power plant (CHP) at its Stanlow refinery.

Rob has spent 25 years in the energy and utilities Industry, with significant experience with companies including Shell and Centrica.

Most recently, Rob’s role was with the Irish electricity company, ESB, overseeing asset and plant commissioning, commercialisation and the establishment of processes and procedures at all levels at ESB’s Carrington Power Station. Latterly in this role, Rob took up a newly created role in ESB’s asset development team as hydrogen manager to deliver ESB’s Net Zero 2040 strategy.

EETs new hydrogen-ready combined heat and power plant will be built at the Stanlow refinery.

EET's new hydrogen-ready combined heat and power plant will be built at the Stanlow refinery.

As CEO of EET Hydrogen Power, Rob will oversee the construction and management of EET’s CHP plant – a big part of EET’s overall ambition to create an energy transition hub in the North West, which will include the UK’s first low carbon process refinery and large scale low carbon hydrogen production hubs.

More energy efficient than current processes, the CHP will initially deliver a 13 per cent carbon dioxide emissions reduction from the site or 180,000 tonnes per annum. Once powered by EET Hydrogen, a reduction of 740,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions will be achieved, equivalent to taking 350,000 cars off the road.

It adds further fuel switching capability beyond the £45 million hydrogen-ready furnace in construction at Stanlow (announced in 2022), a first of a kind in the UK, which will again be fuelled by EET Hydrogen.

Rob Wallace, new CEO of EET Hydrogen Power, said: “Through its ambitious hydrogen and industrial carbon capture projects, EET has made tremendous steps in recent years to become a leading example of innovation and decarbonisation in the UK.

"I’m looking forward to working with the wider team to achieve these plans and support the region’s decarbonisation plans.”

Tony Fountain, CEO of EET, added: “We wish Rob a warm welcome to EET.

"He brings extensive knowledge on hydrogen and power development and will make a valuable contribution to successfully implementing our ambitious decarbonisation projects."