The public asked for their opinion on bp’s HyGreen hydrogen project

The local consultation is lasting more than six weeks and concerns bp’s HyGreen, which is targeting up to 500MW of hydrogen production by 2030, reaching up to five per cent of the UK government’s 10GW hydrogen production target by 2030.

The community consultation begins tomorrow and runs through July 6th. It is open to the local community and stakeholders to comment on project plans to be built on former industrial sites and to use renewable and low-carbon energy sources such as solar or wind to split water into hydrogen and oxygen using a process called water electrolysis.

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The aim is to accelerate the development of Teesside into the UK’s first major hydrogen hub and pave the way for the large-scale decarbonisation of local industry and heavy transport in the UK.

bp will share its initial design for the facility with the community and gather feedback before finalizing the design and submitting a planning application to Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council.

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Matt Williamson, UK Head of Hydrogen at bp said: “At bp we support hydrogen to help Teesside and the UK to decarbonise its industry and mobility. We believe HyGreen Teesside has the potential to transform energy use, the economy and skills in the region and we are excited to launch this consultation and share our plans for HyGreen Teesside with the public.

“We look forward to speaking with the community, businesses and other stakeholders over the next few weeks and hearing their views.”

The UK government has committed to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The key to achieving this will be to ensure that carbon-intensive sectors are able to reduce carbon emissions, and hydrogen will play an essential role in this process, particularly in industrial activity that is difficult and expensive to electrify.

HyGreen Teesside can help these ‘hard to contain’ sectors and has already signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) to explore working with a number of companies in the region.

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More broadly, the industrial sector in Teesside is home to five of the UK’s top 25 emitters and is concentrated in a densely populated area, making it a great location for effective and efficient decarbonisation.

See the HyGreen website for information as well as in libraries in the Redcar area. The public information events will take place on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 6 June, 3:30pm – 7:00pm, The Seaview Business Centre, Turner Street, Redcar
  • Saturday, June 10, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Tuned-In, Majuba Rd, Redcar
  • Inspire2Learn, Wednesday 21 June, 2pm – 7pm, South Bank, Normanby Rd, Middlesbrough. The public asked for their opinion on bp’s HyGreen hydrogen project

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