Hydrogen Production Facility in Teesside by ‘bp bolsters’


bp recently signed MoUs for the clean hydrogen production facility in Teesside in north-east ‎England with four companies. These companies are CF Fertilisers, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, Sembcorp Energy UK, and alfanar Company.  


In March, bp announced plans for a clean hydrogen facility in Teesside (H2Teesside) that would aim to ‎produce up to 1GW of ‘blue’ hydrogen – 20% of the UK’s hydrogen target – by 2030. At the same ‎time, it announced it had signed initial MoUs to scope the supply of hydrogen to chemicals ‎manufacturer Venator and gas distributor Northern Gas Networks.‎


All these companies are seeking to decarbonize existing operations in Teesside by transitioning to clean hydrogen from ‎natural gas, enabling their manufacturing facilities to produce low carbon products ‎as society progresses towards a net-zero future.‎


Louise Jacobsen Plutt, bp’s senior vice president of hydrogen and CCUS, said, “This ‎announcement demonstrates the diverse range of companies and industries that can benefit from ‎clean hydrogen. Teesside has all the attributes of a world-class clean hydrogen hub – the right ‎natural resources, concentrated demand, the potential for hydrogen storage and pipelines, ample access ‎to CCUS, and the right skills base. While the impact of investments may be felt most acutely in the ‎northeast, the decarbonization benefit of H2Teesside is expected to be felt countrywide. Ultimately, ‎these MoUs show how supply and demand can work together to accelerate the growth and delivery ‎of a hydrogen economy.”‎

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Clean hydrogen is key to the decarbonization of hard-to-abate industries that have high heat ‎requirements or require low carbon feedstocks. Access to clean hydrogen can reduce emissions, ‎enable new, low carbon products, and offer the potential to unlock future fuels – for road transport, ‎sustainable aviation, or low carbon marine fuels – and help secure a long-term low carbon future for ‎the region.

The ‎new MoUs are with:‎

  • CF Fertilisers which one of the largest global producers of ammonia and ammonia-based fertilizers ‎products, to scope the supply of clean hydrogen as fuel to reduce hard to abate combustion ‎emissions at its Billingham plant, whereas feedstock sourced CO2 would be sequestered via the ‎Northern Endurance Partnership project.
  • Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation which is a leading global manufacturer of chemical products, to scope ‎the supply of clean hydrogen to its methyl methacrylate production plant in Teesside (formerly ‎operated as Lucite International).‎
  • Sembcorp Energy UK, is owner and operator of utilities and services infrastructure at Wilton ‎International, an industrial park in Teesside, to scope the supply of clean hydrogen to its combined ‎heat and power plants and developing hydrogen infrastructure at Wilton International to enable ‎hydrogen supply to third parties.
  • alfanar Company reflects the new project investments coming to Teesside, aiming to develop ‎low carbon materials using clean hydrogen as a feedstock for production.

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