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bp confirms new large-scale green hydrogen production facility

British global energy major bp confirmed its plan for a new large-scale green hydrogen production facility in the North  East of England that could deliver up to 500 megawatt electrical input (Mwe) of hydrogen production by  2030. 

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 decarbonization of heavy transport, airports, ports and  rail in the UK.  

To be developed in multiple stages, HyGreen Teesside is expected to match production to demand  and build on experience to drive down costs. 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. 

bp is working with industry, local administration such as Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA) and  the UK government to increase the pace of decarbonization in transport. 

bp has both blue hydrogen, which is derived from natural gas, and green hydrogen, which is generated entirely by renewable energy, projects in Teesside.

“Low carbon  hydrogen will be essential in decarbonizing 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,” said Louise Jacobsen Plutt, bp’s senior vice president for hydrogen and CCUS.

“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,” said UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.

The combined 1.5 gigawatts (GW) 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 more than 5% of the UK’s industrial emissions and the region is home to five of the country’s top 25 emitters.