BP has announced plans for a large-scale green hydrogen facility known as HyGreen Teesside.
HyGreen Teesside will be developed in multiple stages, with an initial phase of 60 Mwe/y of production capacity expected by 2025. This will increase to 500 Mwe/y by 2030. BP is already part of the Net Zero Teesside project and recently announced a blue hydrogen project – H2Teesside – which aims to have a capacity of 1 GW/y by 2030. Green hydrogen is produced using renewable electricity, whereas blue hydrogen uses natural gas with carbon capture and storage (CCS).
BP says that the combined capacity of HyGreen Teesside and H2Teesside could have a production capacity of 1.5 GW/y by 2030, 30% of the UK Government’s goal of 5 GW/y capacity by 2030.
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.”
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.
“This is excellent news following the recent COP26 summit and I look forward to supporting industry to develop new technologies as we build a cleaner transport system and work towards a net-zero future.”
A final investment decision on HyGreen Teesside is expected in 2023.
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