Home to Centrica, International Power, ConocoPhillips, Total and BP, the Humber area currently lands and distributes 20% of the UK's natural gas and provides more than a quarter of the UK's oil refining capacity.
32% of the UK's coal imports come through the Humber ports, supplying power stations that generate around 17% of the UK's electricity.
With a fantastic natural location, established infrastructure, knowledge, expertise and the capability to handle a diverse energy mix, the Humber area is capitalising on its strengths to put the region on the world stage for renewable energy. Now with the prospect of Green Port Hull, the Humber has the potential to be the capital of this national opportunity.
A city focus that brings together experts across the wind, tidal, biofuel and biomass sectors along with the University of Hull, training providers and the local authority, will drive the sector forward and establish the area as a world-class renewable energy hub.
The Humber area already has a track record in leading the way in:
The region is home to the largest proportion of biofuel production facilities in the UK. The new Vivergo biofuels plant at Saltend, a joint venture between BP, British Sugar and Dupont, will help deliver a significant portion of the UK’s forecast biofuel demand. The company will be one of the largest bio-ethanol producers in Europe and the biggest in the UK as well as becoming the UK’s largest single source supplier of animal feed.
The Humber area offers significant potential for the biomass sector with an emerging supply chain providing feedstock, equipment, skills and technologies and a world first in the production of energy from food waste.
There are over 20 onshore and offshore wind energy projects in the area, including some of the largest offshore wind farms currently under development.
Work has commenced on the Humber Gateway project, that will become the UK's largest offshore wind farm, with 73 wind turbines five miles (8km) off Spurn Point. The Humber Gateway wind farm will generate enough electricity to power 170,000 UK homes.
The Hornsea Offshore Wind Farm scheme, a joint venture between Mainstream Renewable Power and Siemens Project Ventures GmbH, is now in the final stages of consultations for Project One. Phase 4 - the last phase of consultation for Project One - commenced in January 2013.
Project One, of this four-phase development will comprise of up to three wind farm arrays with an estimated number of wind turbines between 150 and 332 and will provide enough electricity to meet around four per cent of all electricity demand in the UK.