Residents of Bradford participated in two consultation events this week to learn more about a proposed cutting-edge hydrogen production facility intended to provide low-carbon energy in the city and the surrounding area.

The plans, which also encompass a refuelling station for hydrogen and electric vehicles serving local buses and cars, could establish Bradford as potentially the UK’s inaugural dual fuel recharging site.

The propositions, set forth by N-Gen and HyGen, entail the transformation of a former gas holder site on Peace Street, adjacent to Bowling Back Lane in the eastern part of the city. If granted approval, the production facility would revitalise neglected brownfield land and potentially aid West Yorkshire in achieving its ambitious decarbonisation objectives.

Members of the project team were present to elucidate the proposals to residents and address any queries. Attendees also had the opportunity to directly offer feedback to the team, which will contribute to shaping the final planning application.

Henri Murison, Chief Executive of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership (NPP) said; “These proposals are an exciting development for Bradford and have my full support.”

“I am delighted that businesses like N-Gen and Hygen want to invest in the future of the North in a way that supports our decarbonisation targets, powers businesses and cleans up our air.”

“Powering the net zero transition is at the heart of NPP’s five-point plan to transform the Northern economy, and expanding hydrogen production, storage and distribution will play a vital role in this.”

Gareth Mills, Managing Director of N-Gen said; “We are delighted that residents took the time to attend the consultations events to hear more about this landmark project.”

“We are grateful for the feedback that we have received so far and will use this to shape our plans.”

Andrew Newman, Managing Director of Hygen said; “This is a very exciting project for the City of Bradford, and I am pleased that many of the residents we spoke to this week support the proposals.”

“We will continue to work closely with the local community as we move to the next stage of our plans.”

“We will continue to work closely with the local community as we move to the next stage of our plans.”

Hygen and N-Gen have set up a project website where residents can access further information about the proposals.

As per the current plans, a planning application will be presented to Bradford Council later in 2023. Pending approval, construction could commence in mid-2024, with the site projected to be operational by 2025.