United Kingdom – bp intends to build a new large-scale green hydrogen production facility in the North East of England, capable of producing up to 500Mwe (megawatt electrical input) of hydrogen by 2030.
HyGreen Teesside, which will be developed in stages, is expected to match production to demand and build on experience to drive down costs. bp plans to begin production by 2025, with a first phase of approximately 60MWe of installed hydrogen production capacity. The project’s final investment decision is expected in 2023.
bp is collaborating with industry, local governments such as the Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA), and the UK government to accelerate transportation decarbonization.
Teesside’s blue and green hydrogen projects, as well as the proposed Net Zero Teesside power project, are expected to boost economic development and regeneration. The projects will support local education, skills development, and the development of a highly skilled UK-based hydrogen supply chain by creating high-quality jobs in both the construction and operation phases.
UK hydrogen hub
HyGreen Teesside is expected to propel Teesside’s development into the UK’s first major hydrogen transport hub, paving the way for large-scale decarbonization of heavy transport, airports, ports, and rail in the UK.
HyGreen Teesside and H2Teesside’s combined 1.5GW capacity could meet 30% of the UK government’s target of developing 5GW of hydrogen production capacity by 2030. Teesside industries account for more than 5% of UK industrial emissions, and the region is home to five of the country’s top 25 emitters.
As demand for the hydrogen expected to be produced by H2Teesside grows, bp has already announced a series of Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with potential industrial customers for hydrogen in the Teesside area, including both existing and planned operations. bp also recently signed an agreement with Daimler Truck to pilot the development of hydrogen infrastructure as well as the introduction of hydrogen-powered fuel-cell trucks in the UK.