Plans for one of the most game-changing projects Teesside has seen for many years have taken a leap forward.

Johnson Matthey (JM), a global leader in sustainable technologies, and bp have signed a licensing and engineering agreement for Johnson Matthey technology to be used at bp’s proposed flagship low carbon hydrogen facility, H2Teesside.

Industry in the Tees Valley accounts for 64% of total local CO₂ emissions, compared to 24% nationally, but H2Teesside would help power and decarbonise local industry here, as well as bring in new businesses attracted by the low carbon hydrogen produced at scale.

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Due to its proximity to domestically sourced North Sea natural gas, established pipe corridors, and planned carbon capture transportation and storage infrastructure that is being developed by the bp-led Northern Endurance Partnership, the area is uniquely placed for H2Teesside to help lead a low carbon transformation, supporting jobs, regeneration, and the revitalisation of the surrounding area.

H2Teesside will use JM’s innovative LCH technology, which offers the lowest natural gas usage commercially available and can capture up to 99% of carbon dioxide produced.

H2Teesside, alongside NZT Power and BOC Teesside Hydrogen, was selected by the UK Government as Track-1 Capture Projects to proceed to negotiations for government funding.

Will Harrison-Cripps, H2Teesside Asset Development Lead at bp, said: “H2Teesside, which aims to be one of the first low carbon hydrogen production facilities in the UK, is a key part of our plans to help Teesside transform into the UK’s leading hydrogen hub, providing a diverse range of customers with low carbon hydrogen produced at scale. We are pleased to be working with Johnson Matthey, using their innovative technology to accelerate the pace of hydrogen deployment as we work towards commercial operations in 2028 and supporting the East Coast Cluster decarbonise a range of industries in Teesside.”

Alberto Giovanzana of Johnson Matthey, said: “bp’s H2Teesside project will be at the forefront of the UK’s efforts to decarbonise, and we’re proud JM’s innovative LCH technology will be at the heart of it. We championed the use of low carbon (blue) hydrogen as a part of our efforts to achieve net zero emissions and have proven ourselves as a trusted partner with this licence representing our fifth major LCH project globally.”

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Johnson Matthey is a global leader in sustainable technologies, using advanced metals chemistry to tackle the world’s biggest challenges.

Many of the world’s leading energy, chemicals and automotive companies depend on its technology and expertise to decarbonise, reduce harmful emissions and improve their sustainability.

bp intends to invest up to £18 billion in the UK’s energy system by the end of 2030, helping the country to deliver on its bold ambitions to boost energy security and reach net zero.