(L-R) Mayor Houchen, Andy Hessell, Kellas Midstream’s managing director.

Hundreds of new jobs expected at scheduled low carbon hydrogen facility in Teesside

An energy infrastructure firm is set to explore the production of a 1-gigawatt low carbon hydrogen facility in Teesside.

H2NorthEast, developed by energy infrastructure firm Kellas Midstream, will explore the production of low carbon “blue” hydrogen using gas already imported through the company’s CATS Terminal at Seal Sands.

The facility aims to save more than two million tonnes of the UK’s CO2 emissions and create around 400 direct and indirect long-term operational jobs together with around 1,200 jobs during construction.

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “This is yet another major hydrogen project coming to our region, bringing more than 1,000 jobs during construction and, in the long term, hundreds of high-quality, well-paid roles that local people are crying out for and deserve.

“This also further underlines how Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool are increasingly on the map and the go-to place for innovative projects, including a raft of developments in the hydrogen sector.

“Thanks to schemes at Teesworks and across our region, and our status as the UK’s first Hydrogen Transport Hub, we’re leading the UK on clean energy solutions like never before.”

Andy Hessell, Midstream’s MD said: “Kellas’ blue hydrogen facility H2NorthEast is a significant infrastructure project that will not only help decarbonise industry in Teesside but will also create hundreds of construction roles over a three-year development period as well as long term plant operation roles for at least 25 years.”

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