bpBOC H2 Annoucement

BP and BOC are joining forces to roll out a hydrogen refuelling network for HGVs across the UK, following a feasibility study, the joint venture announced today (5 July).

The nine-month study looked at the various options for hydrogen distribution, dispensing costs and station design and concluded that the best way to stimulate operator demand for the fuel, at least in the short term, is to distribute hydrogen as a compressed gas via road trailer.

Over the longer term, the study found that as the market expands, both liquid and gaseous hydrogen have a potential role to play.

Announcing the results of the study, BP and BOC said they are now “exploring opportunities to collaborate to design and deploy an initial network for heavy duty transport hydrogen refuelling infrastructure in the UK”.

Richard Harding, BP senior vice president portfolio and integration, said: “Our customers in hard-to-abate sectors, such as heavy-duty transport, are demanding low carbon alternative fuels.

“They need and want to decarbonise. Cutting HGV emissions requires new infrastructure, and by bringing together our technical expertise, understanding of the supply chain, and insights from our customers, I am confident that together we can do more to drive change at pace for our customers.”

Jim Mercer, BOC UK business president, UK & Ireland, said: “If we are to meet net zero targets, tackling road freight emissions needs to happen now.

“This study shows us the optimal ways in which hydrogen can be used to help decarbonise the UK freight sector and BOC is proud to bring its extensive experience and expertise to this collaboration with BP, as we look at opportunities to deliver a hydrogen refuelling network for the UK’s heavy goods vehicle market.”