Spotlight on… bp

bp’s purpose is to reimagine energy for people and our planet. It has set out an ambition to be a net zero company by 2050 or sooner and help the world get to net zero, and a strategy for delivering on that ambition. In support of these goals, bp is determined to advance the hydrogen industry across the UK, Europe, Australia and the US.  

The company is developing a number of projects in Teesside in the UK, which could transform the region into a world-class hydrogen and CCS hub.  

One of these projects is H2Teesside, which aims to be one of the UK’s largest blue hydrogen production facilities, targeting 1.2GW of hydrogen production by 2030. This equates to over 10% of the UK government’s hydrogen target of 10GW by 2030.  

H2Teesside could capture and send for storage approximately two million tonnes of CO per year – equivalent to capturing the emissions from the heating of one million UK households. In March 2023, H2Teesside was among the Track-1 Capture projects selected to proceed to negotiations for government funding support. 

H2Teesside’s sister project is HyGreen Teesside, a green hydrogen production facility. HyGreen Teesside has an initial planned phase of 80MWe of installed hydrogen production capacity and could deliver up to 5% of the UK government’s hydrogen target of 10GW by 2030. It is also expected to fuel the development of Teesside into the UK’s first major hydrogen ‎transport hub, leading the way for large-scale decarbonization of heavy transport, airports, ports and ‎rail in the UK. 

In August 2023, the project was selected to progress to the negotiation stage for the Government’s first electrolytic hydrogen allocation round. 

As operator of the Northern Endurance Partnership, bp is also helping build the infrastructure needed to safely capture, transport and store CO from a range of power, hydrogen and industrial businesses in Teesside, including H2Teesside, and the Humber who together make up the East Coast Cluster (ECC). The ECC aims to remove an average of at least 23 million tonnes of CO emissions a year by 2035, making a huge contribution to the UK’s net zero emissions targets.