BP to build a second hydrogen production facility in the North East to help decarbonise industry and create UK’s first major hydrogen hub

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  • BP aims to generate up to 500 MW of hydrogen at this facility by 2030
  • Eight months ago, he launched the H2Teesside . announced a blue hydrogen project called
  • Green hydrogen uses renewable energy to split water through electrolysis

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Oil supermajor BP has announced plans to develop another hydrogen production facility on Teesside.

The company said ‘Hygreen Teaside’ will help regenerate the region as well as bring it closer to becoming Britain’s first major hydrogen production facility.

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It expects to begin production at the facility by 2025 and generate up to 500 megawatts of hydrogen for use in decarbonizing industries such as ports, airports and heavy transportation by the end of the decade.

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Big goals: BP expects green hydrogen facility to generate up to 500 megawatts of hydrogen by the end of the decade for use in decarbonizing industries and heavy transportation

The latest project will be BP’s first ‘green hydrogen’ facility in the UK, following other proposed plans to take place at its refineries in Rotterdam in Germany, Spain and the Netherlands.

It also comes eight months after the blue-chip firm revealed H2Teeside, a plan touted as the UK’s largest hydrogen project, which it claims will produce one gigawatt (GW) of ‘blue hydrogen’.

While green hydrogen is created using renewable energy to split water through a process called electrolysis, blue hydrogen uses fossil fuels and requires Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) technology. it occurs.

Although the technology has been praised for its environmental benefits, it is too developed to be mass produced, and making green hydrogen is more expensive.

Nonetheless, Lewis Jacobsen Plut, BP’s senior vice president for hydrogen and CCUS, said the technology would be “essential in decarbonizing hard-to-absorb industrial sectors, including heavy transportation.”

‘Together, HyGreen and H2Teesside can help transform Teesside into the green heart of the UK, strengthening our people, communities and businesses. This is exactly the kind of energy we want to ‘create and more importantly distribute’.

Hydropower: BP is a member of the Hydrogen Council, an initiative involving major corporations that aims to advance the hydrogen economy.

Hydropower: BP is a member of the Hydrogen Council, an initiative involving major corporations that aims to advance the hydrogen economy.

The petroleum giant noted that five of the top 25 carbon emitters in the UK are located on Teesside, which is home to large petrochemical, fertilizer and polymer producers.

It said its two hydrogen facilities in the region could supply 30 percent of the UK government’s target, as set out in its Hydrogen Strategy, for the country to cultivate 5GW of hydrogen production by 2030.

Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps said today’s announcement from BP “builds on our ongoing development of hydrogen in the region” and “paves the way for its use across all modes of transportation, creating high-quality, green jobs in the process.” Will help.

‘This is great news after the recent COP26 summit and I look forward to supporting the industry’ to develop new technologies as we build a clean transportation system and a ‘net-zero’ future. Let’s work in the direction.’

BP has been ramping up its investments in low-carbon and renewable energy ventures in recent days as pressure mounts on major polluters to reduce their carbon emissions.

Just in 2021, solar power company Lightsource, in which BP has a 50 percent stake, has secured a $1.8 billion loan to fund 25 GW projects over the coming four years and to provide electricity to facilities operated by Amazon and Verizon. made deals for.

In addition, BP has officially partnered with Norwegian energy firm Equinor to develop 4.4 GW of electricity through two offshore wind projects off the east coast of the United States.

Despite these investments, the business still relies heavily on oil and gas in the course of its day-to-day operations. Thanks to a correction in oil prices this year, its third-quarter results showed it posted a profit of $3.3 billion.

Shares in BP were trading up 3.2 per cent at 327.7p on Monday, meaning they have risen nearly 29 per cent since the start of the year.

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