Procurement begins for £170m green energy terminal

Associated British Ports (ABP) is seeking expressions of interest from potential contractors for a project worth up to £170m to build a green energy terminal in Lincolnshire.

In a prior information notice, ABP said it intends to appoint a lead contractor or consortium to construct the facility at the Port of Immingham on the southern bank of the Humber Estuary.

Immingham Green Energy Terminal will support the import of liquid bulk products, including green ammonia from Saudi Arabia to be converted into green hydrogen to support the transition to net zero by 2050.

The terminal will also support the import of carbon dioxide for carbon capture and storage. ABP plans to provide capacity for multiple customers.

The 100-hectare development would include a 1.1km jetty leading to a single-approach berth with loading platforms and infrastructure for handling bulk liquids.

Landside infrastructure in the project would include an access road, two hydrogen-production sites, and other works and buildings.

The project still requires consent from the Planning Inspectorate. In October, the inspectorate decided to accept the project for examination for a development consent order. It now has about three months to prepare for the examination stage.

Together, the following stages could take a further year before the secretary of state must make a final decision.

A second statutory consultation for the project ran between May and July this year. Several adjustments, including amendments to the site boundary and design changes, were made following the first consultation in January and February.

ABP has applied an estimated value range “due to the conservative nature of the current design”. The project is currently costed at between £140m and £170m.

Immingham Port is the largest and busiest of ABP’s four Humber ports. Together with Hull, Grimsby and Goole, it forms part of the largest ports complex in the UK.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 30 November.

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