Green hydrogen firm Meld gets OK for £250m Hull plant

Green hydrogen developer Meld Energy has received approval from the East Riding of Yorkshire Council to construct a £250 million, 100 megawatt green hydrogen production facility at Saltend in Hull.

“The project will position the Humber as a centre of excellence for hydrogen, helping facilitate the government’s goals for reducing emissions and increasing hydrogen utilisation,” said Meld.

“Meld Energy is now preparing to build the green hydrogen production facility at Saltend Chemicals Park, a move that will create the capacity to meet up to 30% of the park’s existing hydrogen demand.

“This significant increase in green hydrogen production will lead to a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by a staggering 125,000 tonnes annually, a substantial step towards a more sustainable future.”

Saltend Chemicals Park is a hub for chemical businesses such as BP Petrochemicals Technology, Vivergo Fuels, Yara, Mitsubishi Chemicals UK, Ineos, and Air Products, as well as the Triton Power station.

“Hydrogen can be used as a replacement for natural gas, as a fuel for various modes of transport such as buses, heavy goods vehicles, and cars or as an ingredient for clean hydrogen derived fuels,” said Meld.

“When burned, it does not produce carbon, which makes it compatible with legislation aimed at addressing climate change.

“Meld’s green hydrogen will be produced through electrolysis, a process that involves using electricity to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. Hydrogen is crucial for the chemical industry’s transition to net zero, as it offers a viable path to decarbonisation, especially considering the industry’s significant use of gas.”

The Humber region is a major industrial centre and the largest industrial emitter of CO2 in the UK – with over 5% of the UK’s overall emissions and 50% more than the next largest region.

Geoff Holmes, CEO of px Group, said: “It is hugely positive that Meld has received planning permission for its Green Hydrogen Production Facility here at Saltend Chemicals Park and we look forward to collaborating with them further throughout the development and build phase.

“We have a host of world-class industrial companies on site and major investments like this show once again that Saltend is the go-to location for industrial decarbonisation and the UK energy transition.”

Meld Energy’s CEO Chris Smith said: “Meld Energy’s ambitious plans for the Humber are poised to accelerate decarbonisation efforts in the region.

“This outline planning approval is an important milestone for the development of our project which is the first of several that we will be bringing forward in the Humber and across the UK.

“Our Saltend Chemicals Park project will enable decarbonisation for our customers on the park and sets the baseline for accelerating and reducing the cost of the energy transition.

“We couldn’t be more excited with this news and look forward to being able to share more in the coming weeks.”