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Port of Tilbury to investigate green hydrogen

11 July 2023

The Essex-based ports firm has signed memorandum of understanding (MoU) with partners for two green hydrogen projects. 

THE PARTNERS are power company RWE and investment company Mitsui.

Through the MoU, the organisations will complete two parallel work streams:

• A small scale ‘proof of concept’ demonstrator project to produce green hydrogen for decarbonising items of port equipment by switching from fossil fuels to hydrogen.

• An initial study into a 10 megawatt green hydrogen plant. The facility will be developed on Port of Tilbury land previously housing a coal-fired power station. The project will also look at options to scale up development over a ten year period upwards of 100 megawatts. The hydrogen would be used for port infrastructure and operations in addition to providing green hydrogen to surrounding industry. 

Port of Tilbury commercial director and Thames Freeport lead Peter Ward, says: “This is an important opportunity to support the Port of Tilbury’s commitment to achieving Net Zero for our customers. Our business has set out our ambition to be carbon neutral by 2032 and Net Zero by 2042 by investing in the infrastructure in the ports. 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.”