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3 minute read - 14th June 2024

Approval for £250m green hydrogen production facility in Hull

Green hydrogen developer Meld Energy has secured approval from the East Riding of Yorkshire Council to construct a £250m, 100 megawatt green hydrogen production facility at Saltend in Hull.

Meld Energy is now preparing to build the facility at Saltend Chemicals Park, a move that will create the capacity to meet up to 30% of the park’s existing hydrogen demand. This significant increase in green hydrogen production will lead to a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by a huge 125,000 tonnes annually. Saltend Chemicals Park, owned and operated by px Group, is already a hub for chemical businesses including BP Petrochemicals Technology, Vivergo Fuels, Yara, Mitsubishi Chemicals UK, Ineos, and Air Products, as well as the Triton Power station.

Hydrogen can be used as a replacement for natural gas, as a fuel for various modes of transport such as buses, heavy goods vehicles and cars, or as an ingredient for clean hydrogen derived fuels. When burned, it does not produce carbon, which makes it compatible with legislation aimed at addressing climate change. Meld’s green hydrogen will be produced through electrolysis, a process that involves using electricity from fully renewable sources to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. Hydrogen is crucial for the chemical industry’s transition to net zero, as it offers a viable path to decarbonisation, especially considering the industry’s significant use of gas.

Meld Energy has secured planning approval for a £250m 100 megawatt green hydrogen production facility at Saltend in Hull / Picture: Meld Energy

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Meld Energy submitted a bid to access funding from round two of the government’s Hydrogen Production Business Model in April of this year. Successful schemes are expected to be announced later this year, with the government aiming to support up to 875 megawatts of hydrogen production in total.

The Humber region is the UK’s industrial centre and the largest industrial emitter of CO2 in the UK – with over 5% of the UK’s overall emissions and 50% more than the next largest region. This makes it an ideal location for hydrogen production. The provision of cleaner fuels is essential to the region’s journey towards decarbonisation and will provide a vital boost to the local economy, securing jobs and encouraging inward investment.

Chris Smith, CEO at Meld Energy, said: “Meld Energy’s ambitious plans for the Humber are poised to accelerate decarbonisation efforts in the region. This outline planning approval is an important milestone for the development of our project which is the first of several that we will be bringing forward in the Humber and across the UK. Our Saltend Chemicals Park project will enable decarbonisation for our customers on the park and sets the baseline for accelerating and reducing the cost of the energy transition. We couldn’t be more excited with this news and look forward to being able to share more in the coming weeks.”

Geoff Holmes, CEO of px Group, added: “It is hugely positive that Meld has received planning permission for its green hydrogen production facility here at Saltend Chemicals Park and we look forward to collaborating with them further throughout the development and build phase. We are committed to decarbonisation projects that will play a crucial role in meeting the UK’s sustainability targets whilst also helping boost the local economy of the Humber region. We have a host of world-class industrial companies on site and major investments like this show once again that Saltend is the go-to location for industrial decarbonisation and the UK energy transition.”

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