A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been agreed between consulting and engineering company Wood and HYGEN Energy to accelerate the production of green hydrogen for decarbonising transportation in the UK. This marks a tangible step towards delivering the UK Government’s strategy to achieve 5GW of low carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030.

The MoU will begin with a conceptual design for the facility at Herne Bay, Kent.

The facility will generate green hydrogen from existing offshore wind farms for use in zero emission mobility transport in the Southeast of England. Production is forecast to start by mid-2023, with capacity of between eight and nine tonnes of green hydrogen per day.

EMEA president Craig Shanaghey said: “At Wood, we are committed to working with our clients to tackle global energy challenges and we know that producing hydrogen – economically and at pace – will be critical as we transition to a more integrated, lower carbon energy mix.”

Jo Bamford, founder and Executive Chairman of HYGEN Energy, said the MOU marked a positive step forward: “We have ambitious plans to build a network of green hydrogen production plants across the UK to provide zero-emission fuel for a number of uses, create strong jobs, and to help position the UK as a world-leader in the hydrogen sector. With partners on board such as Wood, we’re confident that we will realise those ambitions.”

This contract award follows a series of other wins for Wood in 2021, with over 30 separate hydrogen contracts secured which span green, blue and bio-hydrogen projects. In July, the company also became a steering member of The Hydrogen Council.