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Lhyfe unveils first UK green hydrogen project plans

Lhyfe unveils first UK green hydrogen project plans
The proposed Tyneside site in Wallsend for Lhyfe Wallsend 20 MW green hydrogen project (photo courtesy Shepherd Offshore).

France-headed Lhyfe, a pioneer in the production of green and renewable hydrogen, has unveiled plans for its first UK plant to support the country’s net zero ambitions. The company's proposed Lhyfe Wallsend facility in the North East of England is receiving support from Shepherd Offshore, a leading maritime and energy service provider, following the signing of a land deal.

If plans are approved, Lhyfe Wallend’s facility on the brownfield site of the historic Neptune Bank Power Station in Wallsend, North Tyneside, would have an initial capacity of 20 MW, capable of producing up to eight tonnes of green hydrogen per day.

The announcement comes 18 months after Lhyfe launched its UK subsidiary, headquartered in Newcastle, to meet the increasing demand from companies aiming to reduce their reliance on natural gas and other fossil fuels.

Tap into UK offshore wind

In the UK, Lhyfe aims to become a major supplier to energy-intensive industries and transportation, boosting the country’s energy security and creating new economic opportunities.

It also has ambitions to develop offshore hydrogen production, tapping into the huge offshore wind potential the UK offers.

The proposed plant will occupy 4 acres of leased industrial-zoned land along the north bank of the River Tyne.

This site was once part of the Neptune Bank Power Station, an early 20th-century pioneer in high-voltage power distribution and a model for the National Grid.

Lhyfe Wallsend will use green electricity from the grid, complying with the UK Low Carbon Hydrogen Standard. The company is also exploring options to source power from local renewable assets, such as solar and wind.

We are excited to announce North Tyneside as the site for our first UK green hydrogen production project. The development of green hydrogen projects is critical if major energy users are to decarbonize their operations. We hope this project will not only help the North East but the whole of the UK reach its net zero targets. At Lhyfe, we are demonstrating that green hydrogen is now a reality and a key driver of the clean energy transition. We have a strong ethos of working with partners and communities to create projects that deliver real local value, and this is a key focus in growing our operations in line with demand, said Taia Kronborg Chief Business Officer at Lhyfe.

Partnership with Shepherd Offshore

Lhyfe’s proposed Lhyfe Wallsend plant is receiving support from Shepherd Offshore, a company that has more than 40 years of experience as a leading UK service provider, developing and operating facilities, and supporting world-class manufacturing on the north bank of the River Tyne.

Shepherd Offshore has also extensively redeveloped Neptune and Swans Energy Park. The company offers over 1,700 meters of quay frontage and more than 200 acres of overall capacity on the north bank of the Tyne.

Lhyfe is in advanced talks with several energy-intensive businesses in the area and across the UK, including those with transport fleets that could use hydrogen in their operations.

Lhyfe’s planning application will be submitted to North Tyneside Council in the spring, with a program of community engagement underway.

The project is subject to obtaining the necessary permitting and a positive Financial Investment Decision (FID).

We at Shepherd Offshore are excited to announce the partnership with Lhyfe on the hydrogen production facility in Wallsend. Shepherd Offshore is fully committed to yet another critical milestone in the growing strength and evolution of the River Tyne and looks forward to welcoming Lhyfe to the north bank of the Tyne, said Charles Shepherd, Managing Director of Shepherd Offshore.

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