The news that Abu Dhabi's largest energy company was to make a major investment in bp's hydrogen projects on Teesside brought praise and caution from two of the region's MPs.

Andy McDonald, Labour MP for Middlesbrough, said: “This has the potential to be a real boost to Teesside and to our local economy.

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“It’s really exciting that our area will be at the forefront of the green industrial revolution and projects to accelerate the transition to renewable energy are most welcome.

"This also has the prospect of bringing many well-paid secure jobs to Teesside and its imperative that as many as possible be secured for the people of Teesside and their communities.

"I do hope that the relevant partners with bp, and indeed bp themselves, will embrace the Framework Agreement settled by Unite and GMB unions that sets out the aspirations of the workforces.

"Sadly, I have a nagging doubt that, given the at best antipathy to trades unions in Abu Dhabi, there may be some reluctance or resistance to engage on the issue of securing the maximum social and economic benefits for our area. I hope I am wrong about that and look forward to further engaging with bp on the issue and with their new partners.

"It’s so important that these major investments not only bring about the change we need in our energy supply to meet the climate crisis challenge, but also provide the good, secure, well paid unionised jobs.”

Jacob Young, Conservative MP for Redcar, said: "Major international companies like ADNOC can choose anywhere in the world for their investment - time and time again we're seeing them choose Teesside.

"And it's obvious to see why - we're building here a real centre of excellence for green technologies. Together, these two projects could deliver 15% of the UK Government’s 10GW target for hydrogen production in 2030 - more investment, more jobs and once again, it puts our region on the map.

"With the UK's leading hydrogen projects already embedded in Teesside, and with investment continuing to roll in, we find ourselves at the forefront of a green industrial revolution. And we're only just getting started."