Port of Tilbury Partnership to Develop Green Hydrogen Project

RWE, Mitsui, and the Port of Tilbury are exploring green hydrogen options at the port, with the aim to develop a ‘proof of concept’ demonstrator project.


The project, which hopes to highlight the potential of green hydrogen in decarbonising port operations, will commence with an initial study involving at 10MW green hydrogen plant, located on the former site of a coal-powered power station.

Options to scale up development to upwards of 100MW over a decade will also be explored, and the green hydrogen produced would be used for port operations as well as in the surrounding industry.

Peter Ward, Commercial Director at the Port of Tilbury and Thames Freeport lead, emphasised the importance of this project in demonstrating the port’s commitment to reaching net zero, having previously established goals to be carbon neutral by 2032 and net zero by 2042.

He added: “As part of Thames Freeport, our MoU with RWE and Mitsui to develop a new hydrogen plant at the Port of Tilbury will help accelerate the UK’s path to a decarbonised economy and support our vision for low carbon logistics.”

Echoing these sentiments, RWE Director Hydrogen Development Steve Broughton, and Shinya Umehara, General Manager Hydrogen Solutions Business Division at Mitsui & Co., both expressed the importance of hydrogen in the UK’s journey to net zero.