BP releases plans for ‘UK’s largest’ hydrogen project

BP has unveiled plans for what it deems the ‘UK’s largest’ hydrogen project, and one that would make a significant contribution to the UK government’s production targets.

The proposed H2 Teesside facility, located in the Northeast of the country, would produce up to 1GW of ‘blue hydrogen’ by 2030. Blue hydrogen is created from fossil fuels with the carbon emissions captured and stored.

The site would capture and send for storage up to two million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year, equivalent to capturing emissions from the heating of one million UK households.

A final investment decision is scheduled for early 2024, with production slated to begin in 2027 or earlier.

BP said that the project’s close proximity to North Sea storage sites and infrastructure means it’s ‘uniquely placed’ to help lead the UK’s low carbon transformation, while generating ‘thousands of jobs’.

Dev Sanyal, executive vice president of gas and low carbon energy at BP, said: “Clean hydrogen is an essential complement to electrification on the path to net zero. Blue hydrogen, integrated with carbon capture and storage, can provide the scale and reliability needed by industrial processes.

“It can also play an essential role in decarbonising hard-to-electrify industries and driving down the cost of the energy transition.”

The energy giant has also signed agreements with Venator to scope the supply of clean hydrogen to its flagship Teesside plant, and with Northern Gas Network to work on decarbonising gas networks in the UK.