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H2Teesside

Transitioning Teesside into a low carbon industrial powerhouse

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bp’s world-scale hydrogen project aims to produce 1GW of blue hydrogen starting in 2027, capturing and sending for storage up to 2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year via the Northern Endurance Partnership (NEP) – equivalent to capturing the emissions from the heating of one million UK households.

 

Teesside has all the attributes of a world-class low carbon hydrogen hub – the right natural resources, concentrated demand, hydrogen storage and pipelines, ample access to CCUS, and people with the skills that we need.

 

With the initial phase aiming to produce roughly 20% of the low carbon hydrogen production goal stated in the UK government’s 10 Point Plan for net zero, H2Teesside will supply a diverse range of customers, those already established in the region as well as new businesses attracted to this low carbon hydrogen produced at scale.

 

We are also developing green hydrogen for use in various forms of transportation as well as industries to provide customers with choice, accessing the UK’s strong renewable energy potential.

Our extensive know-how in delivering complex projects and deep engineering and technical expertise, integrated with strong wind, trading, shipping and mobility businesses, means bp has not just the ambition to deliver first of its kind hydrogen production to the region, but also the ability and the experience to make it a reality.

 

bp brings over 100 years of operating experience and we are one of the largest producers of hydrogen in the world, safely and reliably generating and handling hydrogen and carbon dioxide at an industrial scale.

 

Industries in Teesside account for 5.6% of the UK’s industrial emissions and the region is home to five of the country’s top 25 emitters. This project aims to support jobs and to help regenerate the surrounding area, bolstered by local engagement with the communities – like vocational training and university outreach – to establish the region as a low carbon hydrogen centre of excellence.

How can low carbon hydrogen be used?

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Industry: low carbon fuel and feedstock
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Clean power and steam: decarbonizing scope 2 industrial emissions  
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Mobility and transport: heavy duty fleets, buses, rail, aviation and marine
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Grid blending: Potential for 20% hydrogen blending into gas network, supporting building heating

Who are we working with?

bp has agreements with multiple partners to explore the development of the hydrogen cluster in the area, including:

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Today

  • Design work, engineering, and infrastructure studies to deliver both blue and green (low carbon) hydrogen production
  • Working with customers and government to help deliver low carbon hydrogen to Teesside
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Next steps

  • Financial investment decision, and commercial agreements with local businesses
  • Construction begins, creating and securing jobs in the region
  • Green hydrogen production begins
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2027-2029

  • 1GW blue hydrogen production online, ramping up in two 500 MW phases
  • CO2 transport and storage infrastructure via the East Coast Cluster is in place
  • Over 2 million tonnes CO2 captured annually
  • Hydrogen storage and infrastructure is developed, balancing the system
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Looking to the future

  • New industries enter the region drawn by access to low carbon hydrogen fuel, feedstock, and clean power
  • Expansion of low carbon hydrogen production facilities
  • 100% hydrogen villages or towns enabled by access to scale low carbon hydrogen
“Hydrogen will play an essential role as the UK transitions to a low carbon energy system while supporting local economic opportunities and thousands of green jobs. Enabled by pioneering technology, it has the potential to transform cities and regions, and make Teesside the first carbon neutral hub in the UK. The UK government’s new hydrogen strategy will enable the country to reach the UK’s ambition to decarbonize. We look forward to working with all stakeholders to play our part in making this ambition a reality.”
Louise Jacobsen Plutt

Louise Jacobsen Plutt, SVP, hydrogen and CCUS

Local suppliers

 

We are keen to work with local suppliers.

 

Register your early interest here. If your services are of interest we’ll get in touch to arrange a meeting.

 

We are particularly interested in hearing from suppliers who:

  • are based in the UK
  • have connections in Teesside
  • are interested in transitioning their services or operations from other sectors to hydrogen.