RWE and Mitsui have joined forces with the Port of Tilbury in England to create an innovative hydrogen project at the Essex facility. This collaboration is part of a recently signed memorandum of understanding (MoU) that encompasses two green hydrogen initiatives.
Under the MoU, the organizations will pursue two separate endeavors concurrently.
The first involves a small-scale ‘proof of concept’ demonstration project aimed at generating green hydrogen to replace fossil fuels and reduce carbon emissions in port equipment.
The second endeavor entails conducting an initial study for a 10MW green hydrogen plant. This facility will be built on land owned by the Port of Tilbury, which previously housed a coal-fired power station and is located in the heart of the Thames Freeport. The project will explore possibilities to expand the development over a span of 10 years, potentially reaching a capacity exceeding 100MW.
The produced hydrogen will be utilized for the port’s infrastructure and operations, as well as supplying green hydrogen to the surrounding industrial sector.
Mitsui general manager hydrogen solutions business division,Shinya Umehara, said “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.”
Dehenna Davison, Minister for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, added “This will bring great local opportunities by creating exciting new careers for people, demonstrating one of the many reasons why Freeports are at the core of our levelling up agenda,”
Peter Ward, Port of Tilbury commercial director and Thames Freeport lead, said “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 Steve Boughton commented “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.”
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