bp announced it is planning a new, world-scale green hydrogen production facility near Hartlepool in northeast England. HyGreen Teesside will be developed in phases, with an initial phase of some 60MWe of installed hydrogen production capacity and a full capacity of up to 500 MWe. A final investment decision on the project is expected in 2023, and bp is aiming to start production by 2025.
bp expects HyGreen Teesside to drive development of the UK’s first major hydrogen transport hub, enabling the decarbonization of heavy road transport, airports, ports and rail. In October bp signed an MoU with Daimler Truck to develop hydrogen refueling infrastructure & hydrogen fuel cell trucks in the UK. bp also notes that it is exploring possibilities for green hydrogen production at its refineries in Rotterdam in the Netherlands, Lingen in Germany and Castellon in Spain.
In March this year bp announced H2Teesside – a million tonnes per year blue hydrogen project to be constructed in the same industrial zone near Hartlepool. Taken together, at full capacity HyGreen Teesside and H2Teesside would operate with 1.5 GW of hydrogen production capacity, 30% of the UK government’s target of 5GW by 2030. There’s also the proposed Net Zero Teesside project reported on by Ammonia Energy in March, which includes capture and utilisation/sequestration of emissions from CF Industries’ Billingham ammonia plant.
“This is yet another coup for the region as we lead the UK in creating the cleaner, safer and healthier jobs and communities of the future. 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 and bp’s commitment with other schemes, such as Net Zero Teesside and H2Teesside. Whether it’s hydrogen, carbon capture, utilization and storage or offshore wind, Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool has the know-how, sites and ambition to deliver.”Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen in bp’s official press release, 29 Nov 2021