Lhyfe plans 20MW Tyneside hydrogen plant

French hydrogen developer Lhyfe has announced plans for a new 20MW hydrogen plant on the site of the Neptune Bank Power Station in Wallsend, North Tyneside.

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Set to be the company’s first UK facility, Lhyfe Wallsend will be capable of producing up to eight tonnes of green hydrogen per day. According to Lyhfe, this is enough to power around 100,000km of hydrogen truck travel or 800,000km with a H2-powered car. The company says the plant will supply a range of organisations in the region and across the UK seeking to decarbonise their manufacturing and transport operations.

“We are excited to announce North Tyneside as the site for our first UK green hydrogen production project,” said Taia Kronborg, chief business officer at Lhyfe. “The development of green hydrogen projects is critical if major energy users are to decarbonise their operations. We hope this project will not only help the North East but the whole of the UK reach its net zero targets.

“At Lhyfe, we are demonstrating that green hydrogen is now a reality and a key driver of the clean energy transition. We have a strong ethos of working with partners and communities to create projects that deliver real local value, and this is a key focus in growing our operations in line with demand.”

Lhyfe’s first hydrogen plant in Pays de la Loire, Western France, has been operational since 2021, with two more sites inaugurated in the Occitanie and Brittany regions in 2023. The company set up its Newcastle-based UK subsidiary 18 months ago, announcing plans in March 2023 for an offshore North Sea green hydrogen pilot in partnership with Centrica.  

The proposed four-acre brownfield site - Shepherd Offshore

The proposed plant at Wallsend will occupy four acres of leased industrial-zoned land along the north bank of the River Tyne. Development will be supported by Newcastle’s Shepherd Offshore, which has over 1,700 meters of quay frontage on the Tyne, as well as experience developing the nearby Neptune and Swan’s Energy Parks.

“We at Shepherd Offshore are excited to announce the partnership with Lhyfe on the hydrogen production facility in Wallsend,” said Charles Shepherd, managing director at Shepherd Offshore.

“Shepherd Offshore is fully committed to yet another critical milestone in the growing strength and evolution of the River Tyne and looks forward to welcoming Lhyfe to the north bank of the Tyne.”