Plans for a new hydrogen production plant, refuelling and distribution hub have been unveiled for Holyhead, North Wales.
Deemed the Holyhead Hydrogen Hub, the first of its kind project for the region is thought to support over 500 local businesses while bolstering low carbon infrastructure capabilities as the country moves towards a green recovery.
As the second largest roll-on, roll-off port in the UK, Holyhead was identified as the perfect location for a Hydrogen Hub, hosting large scale heavy HGV moments annually as well as potential demands at the port.
Further to that, the location provides an ideal launchpad for larger, scaled-up green hydrogen production, the site will also help release the full potential of the region’s vast renewable energy resources.
It is thought that scale-up extend to trains, public transport, and shipping, and will include diversification to other hydrogen markets such as heat, industry, power, and agriculture.
With a target operational date of 2023, the project will be the first to be developed in Wales under a Hub & Spoke model, which will see collaborations with complementary developments in other regions of Wales, the UK, and the Republic of Ireland.
Clean energy solutions provider Logan Energy has won a public tender contract with Welsh social enterprise Menter Môn to support the delivery of the hydrogen infrastructure. Logan Energy will also lead a consortium of local businesses and specialists to undertake the pre-works and development of the ‘hub and spoke’ facility on Holyhead.
Commenting on the development, Bill Ireland, Logan Energy’s CEO, said, “There are huge renewable resources offshore – both tidal and wind – which together present a compelling case to develop a hydrogen supply-chain on Anglesey through this project.”
“Kick-starting a local, sustainable hydrogen supply-chain under the control and majority ownership of a local entity is key to enabling local benefit and longer-term success, ensuring Holyhead and surrounding areas can pave the way for wide-scale low-carbon infrastructure in the region while developing a local workforce skilled in hydrogen technology.”
“Such an ownership model will support the Welsh Government’s aim of increasing benefit from new energy generation and reaching its net zero targets by 2050.”
Dafydd Gruffydd, Managing Director of Menter Mȏn added, “Wales is determined in its efforts to combat the effects of climate change and start building a sustainable future. For this, a robust low-carbon economy is crucial.”
“Holyhead Hydrogen Hub represents a huge step forward in our plans to decarbonise the transport industry while supporting local jobs and business and by working collaboratively across north Wales.”
“The key advantage of this project is its scalability. While the plant aims to provide an initial fuel supply of 400kg per day, there is impressive potential to expand the hub to support additional heavy transport demands as well as the country’s public transport network services and emerging markets in heat and industry.”