Industrial gas supplier Air Products and shipping real estate owner Associated British Ports (ABP) have teamed up in a bid to produce green hydrogen in the UK.
The duo announced plans to create the largest facility of its kind on these shores – if they get assurances of a market for the product.
The proposed plant at the Port of Immingham in Lincolnshire (pictured) would import ammonia from sites operated by Air Products and its partners around the world.
This would be used to produce low-carbon hydrogen to feed into the transport sector, among others, as part of the decarbonisation agenda. UK ministers have set a target of 10GW of low carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030.
Up to 580,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions could be eliminated annually by the Lincolnshire facility, according to the team behind it.
Associated British Ports said it would invest in a new jetty at Immingham to service the import and export activity required.
Air Products president for Europe and Africa Ivo Bols said: “Globally, Air Products supports the energy transition by developing real, first-mover projects. We are forging sustainable hydrogen supply chains with our partners and using our hydrogen knowledge and expertise to accelerate the energy transition.
“We are in positive talks with government ministers and officials about our plans to invest in UK green hydrogen. To enable our investment decision, we are seeking some policy assurances that a viable market will exist for our product.”
ABP chief executive Henrik L Pedersen added: “ABP and the Humber are at the epicentre of the decarbonisation agenda and we are delighted to work with Air Products on this project, which will help deliver the UK’s legal obligation to be net zero by 2050.
“ABP’s ports are a vital part of the UK’s energy transition, and we are making significant investments to support a range of renewable energy generation projects, including the expansion of Green Port Hull and the transformation of Port Talbot to help deliver the UK’s ambition for floating offshore wind in the Celtic Sea.”
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