‘Low carbon hydrogen will be essential in decarbonising hard-to-abate industrial sectors including heavy transport.’
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BP has said that it is planning a new ‘large-scale’ green hydrogen production facility which will be located in Teesside, North East England, UK. HyGreen Teesside will be developed in stages with production slated to start during 2025. The initial phase will see around 60MWe (megawatt electrical input) of installed hydrogen production capacity. By 2030 this could reach 500MWe. The company has said that a final investment decision on the project is expected during 2023.
BP has already announced a series of Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with potential industrial customers for hydrogen in the Teesside area. The company recently signed a MoU with Daimler Truck to pilot both the development of hydrogen infrastructure and the introduction of hydrogen powered fuel-cell trucks in the UK.
Along with this latest development, BP is pursuing proposed projects for green hydrogen production at its refineries in Rotterdam, the Netherlands; Lingen, Germany; and Castellon, Spain. The company has also conducted a feasibility study looking at opportunities for a green hydrogen production in Western Australia and was recently selected as preferred bidder to develop a green hydrogen production hub in Aberdeen, Scotland, UK.
The HyGreen project is expected to support the development of Teesside, making it the UK’s first major hydrogen transport hub, leading to the decarbonisation of heavy transport, airports, ports and rail in the UK. This project, amongst others, is also expected to fuel economic development and regeneration in the region, leading to the creation of high-quality jobs.
Louise Jacobsen Plutt, Senior Vice President for Hydrogen and CCUS BP said ‘Low carbon hydrogen will be essential in decarbonising hard-to-abate industrial sectors including heavy transport.’