Freeport plans in the UK could create the most significant hydrogen project in the world, thinks Jo Bamford

Plans are afoot to create a world-first, landmark scheme that demonstrates the UK’s global leadership in hydrogen technology – and JCB heir Jo Bamford thinks it could be the most significant hydrogen project in the world.

Public and private sector leaders lodged a bid earlier this month to create a “freeport” in the North East of England centred around the Port of Felixstowe, Britain’s busiest container port, and Harwich International Port.

A freeport is a designated area where normal tax and customs rules don’t apply, meaning goods could be imported with simplified customs documentation and without paying tariffs.

If freeport status is secured, it would create a “strategic hub” linking UK importers and exporters with suppliers and customers around the globe.

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