Protium (a green hydrogen energy company) announced building a 40 MW green hydrogen plant on Wilton Universal Group’s site in Teesside, UK.
The plan is to build an electrolysis plant with hydrogen storage in two phases. Building a hydrogen production facility will provide Protium with the infrastructure necessary to produce renewable green hydrogen energy. The project will be completed by 2026, subject to planning and engineering works.
The project will include the development of green hydrogen storage to support the largest PEM electrolyser in Teesside, thus supporting local production and logistics businesses in decarbonisation.
Teeside has an important role to play in the UK hydrogen industry and the decarbonisation initiative. Early this year, the UK government announced its £3 million investment to develop Tees Valley as the UK’s first-ever hydrogen transport hub as part of the ‘build back greener’ campaign. Moreover, as part of the March 2021 UK Spring Budget, Tees Valley was announced as one of the first and largest areas to gain Freeport status in the UK.
The proposed plant’s location at Wilton Universal Group’s site, adjacent to the River Tees, is within the Tees Valley Freeport. Wilton Universal Group recently acquired 58 acres of land and facilities at Haverton Hill, which abuts its existing Port Clarence Offshore Base.
Chris Jackson, CEO of Protium, said, “The project will allow us to work with local businesses to decarbonise their operations, and the area’s deep industrial legacy provides the perfect infrastructure foundations for us to leverage.”
Bill Scott, CEO of Wilton Universal Group, commented, “The acquisition of the Haverton Hill site will enable other companies like Protium to take advantage of Teesside’s exceptional skills and expertise in the energy sector.”
Ben Houchen, Tees Valley Mayor, added, “From carbon capture to offshore wind and hydrogen production Teesside is at the forefront of delivering the ambitious government target for the UK to be net-zero by 2050.”