Port of Tilbury Plans Green Hydrogen Project

July 11, 2023

Source: RWE
Source: RWE

UK power generation company RWE, Mitsui and the Port of Tilbury are developing a hydrogen project at the Port of Tilbury in the UK.

The partners aim to develop a small scale ‘proof of concept’ demonstrator project to produce green hydrogen for decarbonising the operation of port equipment. An initial study will involve a 10MW green hydrogen plant. The facility will be developed on Port of Tilbury land previously housing a coal-fired power station.

The project will also look at options to scale up development over a 10-year period upwards of 100MW. The hydrogen would be used for port infrastructure and operations in addition to providing green hydrogen to the surrounding industry.

Peter Ward, Commercial Director at the Port of Tilbury and Thames Freeport lead, said: “This is an important opportunity to support the Port of Tilbury’s commitment to achieving Net Zero for our customers. Our business has set out our ambition to be carbon neutral by 2032 and Net Zero by 2042 by investing in the infrastructure in the ports. As part of Thames Freeport, our MoU with RWE and Mitsui to develop a new hydrogen plant at the Port of Tilbury will help accelerate the UK’s path to a decarbonised economy and support our vision for low carbon logistics.”

Steve Boughton, RWE Director Hydrogen Development, said: “Hydrogen is a key component of the energy transition and we want to play a leading role in this, aiming to develop 2GW of capacity by 2030. This collaboration with Mitsui and the Port of Tilbury is for an innovative project combing production and industrial customer use with potential fuel switching of port equipment.”

Shinya Umehara, General Manager Hydrogen Solutions Business Division, Mitsui & Co., said: “Mitsui has set a target of achieving net zero-emissions status by 2050 and aims to halve its greenhouse gas (GHG) impact by 2030, compared with the level for the fiscal year ended March 2020. Hydrogen is one of the areas identified for Mitsui’s key strategic initiatives as stated in the Medium-term Management Plan 2026. Through this project, Mitsui is looking forward to playing an important role in the realisation of the UK’s hydrogen strategy in collaboration with the Port of Tilbury and RWE.”

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