bp confirmed it is planning a new large-scale green hydrogen production facility in the north east of England that could deliver up to 500Mwe of hydrogen production by 2030.
HyGreen Teesside is expected to be developed in multiple stages.
bp is aiming to start production by 2025, with an initial phase of some 60MWe of installed hydrogen production capacity.
A final investment decision on the project is expected in 2023.
Hygreen Teesside is the latest addition to bp’s integrated UK business portfolio.
bp is working with industry, local administration such as Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA) and the UK government to increase the pace of decarbonisation in transport.
bp’s blue and green hydrogen projects in Teesside, together with the proposed Net Zero Teesside power project, is expected to further support economic development and regeneration in Teesside.
Louise Jacobsen Plutt, bp’s senior vice president for hydrogen and CCUS, said: “Low carbon hydrogen will be essential in decarbonising hard-to-abate industrial sectors including heavy transport.
“Together, HyGreen and H2Teesside can help transform Teesside into the UK’s green heart, strengthening its people, communities and businesses. This is exactly the type of energy we want to create and more importantly deliver.”
HyGreen Teesside is expected to fuel the development of Teesside into the UK’s first major hydrogen transport hub, leading the way for large-scale decarbonisation of heavy transport, airports, ports and rail in the UK.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “This exciting project builds on our ongoing development of hydrogen in the area through the Tees Valley Hydrogen Transport Hub. It’ll help pave the way for its use across all transport modes, creating high-quality, green jobs in the process.”
The combined 1.5GW capacity of HyGreen Teesside and H2Teesside could deliver 30% of the UK government’s target of developing 5GW of hydrogen production by 2030.
Industries in Teesside account for over 5% of the UK’s industrial emissions and the region is home to five of the country’s top 25 emitters.
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