The project would capture and send for storage up to 2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year, equivalent to capturing the emissions from the heating of 1 million UK households.
The proposed development, H2Teesside, would be a significant step in developing bp’s hydrogen business and make a major contribution to the UK Government’s target of developing 5GW of hydrogen production by 2030.
The project would be located in Teesside in north-east England and, with a final investment decision in early 2024, could begin production in 2027 or earlier.
bp has begun a feasibility study into the project to explore technologies that could capture up to 98% of carbon emissions from the hydrogen production process.
Dev Sanyal, bp’s executive vice president of gas and low carbon energy said:
- 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.
- H2Teesside, together with NZT and NEP, has the potential to transform the area into one of the 1st carbon neutral clusters in the UK
UK Energy Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan, said:
- Driving the growth of low carbon hydrogen is a key part of the PM’s Ten Point Plan & Energy White Paper and can play an important part in helping us end our contribution to climate change by 2050
- Clean hydrogen has huge potential to help us fully decarbonise across the UK
The project would be developed in stages, with an initial 500MW of blue hydrogen capacity in production by 2027 or earlier and additional capacity to be deployed by 2030 as decarbonisation of the industrial cluster and hydrogen demand gathers pace.
bp sees potential for further hydrogen demand in Teesside beyond 2030.
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