ScottishPower maps out green hydrogen plant at Felixstowe port

ScottishPower maps out green hydrogen plant at Port of Felixstowe

ScottishPower, with Hutchison Ports, is exploring the opportunity to develop, build and operate a major green hydrogen production facility at the Port of Felixstowe.

The plan sets out the vision to help decarbonise the industry and transportation across the region, starting from UK’s largest and busiest container port.

The proposed 100MW facility could deliver up to 40 tonnes of green hydrogen per day – enough to power 1300 hydrogen trucks according to ScottishPower.

Companies are mapping out different usage for green hydrogen, from onshore purposes – such as road and rail – to industrial use – with the potential to create liquid forms, such as green ammonia or e-methanol. International export is also being explored.

ScottishPower said in turn the project could provide clean fuels for shipping and aviation and create opportunities for cost-effective export to international markets. 

Green hydrogen is a safe, long-term energy solution poised to transform the heavy transport sector, which is a significant emitter of the UK’s current carbon emissions.

The project aims to continue engineering and site development works to align with customer demand from 2025 onwards.

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“This strategically important project could potentially create a clean fuels hub that could unlock nationally significant decarbonisation for the region, as well as playing a role in international markets,” said Barry Carruthers, Hydrogen Director at ScottishPower.

“It’s perfectly located not far from our existing and future offshore windfarms in the East Anglia region, and demonstrates how renewable electricity and green hydrogen can now start to help to decarbonise road, rail, shipping and industry.”

The Port of Felixstowe will begin an eight-day strike at the end of the month.

More than 1,900 members of trade union Unite will walkout from 21 until 29 August in a dispute over pay.

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