Back row L-R: John Clipsham, Protium and Bill Scott, Wilton Universal Group.  Front row L-R: Steven Pearson, Wilton Universal Group and Jack Eastwood, Protium
Back row (L-R): John Clipsham, Protium and Bill Scott, Wilton Universal Group. Front row (L-R): Steven Pearson, Wilton Universal Group and Jack Eastwood, Protium.

Teesside announces green jobs as it secures “flagship” hydrogen project

Teesside has secured a flagship green hydrogen project cementing the area as a leading green hydrogen zone in the UK.

Protium, has secured a location on Wilton Universal Group’s site in Teesside, with plans for the site to include up to 40MW of electrolysis capability, including hydrogen storage.

The project will be completed by 2026, subject to planning and engineering works - creating jobs during the construction and sustained employment during its operation.

The location of the proposed plant at Wilton Universal Group’s site, is within the Tees Valley Freeport. Wilton Universal Group recently acquired 58 acres of land and facilities at Haverton Hill, which abuts its existing Port Clarence Offshore Base, taking its site to 112 acres.

Chris Jackson, CEO of Protium, said: “We are pleased to announce that Protium will be embarking upon building the largest green hydrogen facility in the North East at the Wilton Universal Group’s site in Teesside.

“The project will allow us to work with local businesses to decarbonise their operations, and the area’s deep industrial legacy provides the perfect infrastructure foundations for us to leverage.

“The growing hydrogen hub offers a faster route to market for the deployment of this clean energy source, so we’re very excited to be part of the transition to a greener economy and future in the heart of Tees Valley.”

Bill Scott, CEO of Wilton Universal Group, commented: “In addition to expanding our own capacity, the acquisition of the Haverton Hill site will enable other companies like Protium to take advantage of Teesside’s exceptional skills and expertise in the energy sector and our location within the freeport.”

Ben Houchen, Tees Valley Mayor, added: “I am delighted that Protium will be developing a green hydrogen production facility in Teesside, contributing to making our region the leading production site of green hydrogen fuel in the UK.”

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