BP today (29th November) has announced a plan for a new large-scale green hydrogen production facility in Teesside, UK, to deliver 500 MWe of hydrogen production by 2030.
HyGreen Teesside project will be developed in multiple stages with an initial production capacity of 60MWe to start by 2025. A final investment decision on the project is expected in 2023.
The project is expected to fuel the development of Teesside into the UK’s first significant hydrogen transport hub, leading the way for large-scale decarbonisation of heavy transport, airports, ports, and rail in the UK. 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, are expected to support economic development and regeneration in Teesside further.
The project is the latest addition to bp’s integrated UK business portfolio, including 3GW gross of offshore wind in the Irish Sea, delivering 16,000 UK charging points by 2030 and bp and Aberdeen city’s partnership deal.
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.
Louise Jacobsen Plutt, senior VP at BP, said, “Together, HyGreen and H2Teesside can help transform Teesside into the UK’s green heart, strengthening its people, communities and businesses.”
Grant Shapps, the UK Transport Secretary, added, “This exciting project builds on our ongoing development of hydrogen in the area through the Tees Valley Hydrogen Transport Hub.”
Ben Houchen, Tees Valley Mayor, commented, “We’re quickly becoming the go-to place for innovation in the hydrogen sector, thanks to our status as the UK’s first Hydrogen Transport Hub.”