Plans for a large-scale, green hydrogen production facility at the Port of Immingham, UK are being put in place by Air Products and Associated British Ports (ABP).
Air Products will import green ammonia to the proposed site from its own operations and those of its partners. The gas will then be used to produce green hydrogen to help decarbonize the transport and industrial sectors.
The company aims to drive progress toward the UK government’s target of having 10GW of low-carbon hydrogen in production or construction in the country by 2030. There are currently no large-scale hydrogen production facilities in the UK.
The Port of Immingham has been selected for the new green hydrogen facility as it has the appropriate maritime infrastructure and is in good proximity to necessary markets and other required utilities.
ABP will invest in a new jetty for the import and export handling of liquid bulk products. The jetty has been designed to handle green ammonia and other cargo such as the importation of liquified carbon dioxide from carbon capture and storage projects for sequestration in the North Sea.
The port project is estimated to eliminate up to 580,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually, in addition to reducing nitrous oxide and particulate emissions. Furthermore, the project is expected to provide US$4.6bn in growth and financial benefits and create 1,400 direct jobs and an estimated 1,600 indirect jobs.
“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,” commented Ivo Bols, president of Air Products Europe and Africa. “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’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,” added Henrik Pedersen, chief executive officer of ABP.