ScottishPower will build a £150m green hydrogen plant at the Port of Felixstowe to power trains, trucks and ships.
he energy company created proposals for a 100megawatt plant at the Suffolk port which will provide enough fuel to power 1300 hydrogen trucks from 2026.
It has also submitted an application to the government’s Net Zero Hydrogen Fund, which provides state support for the development of low-carbon hydrogen projects for the next three years. ScottishPower estimated the whole project could cost between £100m and £150m.
Barry Carruthers, the hydrogen director at ScottishPower, told the Guardian that:
The strength of demand from the port itself, logistics and distribution companies and rail freight companies has given use the confidence to press ahead with this facility. This is a big, industrial scale project that we’re doing at pace.
Currently, ScottishPower is in the process of developing a smaller hydrogen facility at Whitelee, the UK’s largest onshore windfarm near Glasgow, in partnership with Sheffield’s ITM Power.
The Felixstowe site would also offer the opportunity to produce “green ammonia” from green hydrogen.