£3m government boost for UK’s first hydrogen transport hub set to create 5,000 jobs
Plans for the UK’s first ever hydrogen transport hub have been given a multi-million pound cash injection.
Plans for the new Hydrogen Transport Hub in the North East have been unveiled alongside the announcement of £3m government funding.
Being built in Tees Valley, the hub will bring together figures from government, industry and academia to focus research, testing and trials across all transport modes, with the aim of developing new green methods of transport.
The hub, which could be fully operational by 2025, is expected to create up to 5,000 new jobs across the region.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps commented: “By harnessing the power of hydrogen technology, we have the opportunity to bring long-term prosperity right across the country.
“The hub will establish the UK as a global leader in hydrogen technology, paving the way for its use across all transport modes and propelling us towards our net-zero goals.”
Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen added: “From offshore wind manufacturing, carbon capture utilization and storage and hydrogen, make no mistake Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool are at the forefront of powering forward the UK’s clean energy ambitions.
“Our region already produces more than 50 per cent of the UK’s hydrogen, so it was a no-brainer for the government to set up the UK’s first hydrogen transport hub in Teesside so we can lead the way in developing the technology and fully unleash our area’s potential as we build back greener.
“Teesside has led the world in steel manufacturing and engineering for generations. Now we are leading the world in the industries of the future and creating clean, good quality, well-paid jobs in the process.”
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