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Quorn to Investigate Decarbonised Production Using Green Hydrogen

Quorn to Investigate Decarbonised Production Using Green Hydrogen
Protium, the UK‐based green hydrogen energy services company, and its consortium partner, Petrofac, will explore the deployment of green hydrogen technology with meat-free pioneer Quorn, the unrivalled market leader in its space.
 
Quorn's production facility, Belasis, is based in Billingham in the North East and continues to expand its production capacity to support the company's ongoing growth. Protium and Petrofac will assess how the introduction of dual-fuel boilers (combusting both hydrogen and natural gas blend) can meet their expanding production capacity.
 
Located close to Quorn's Belasis production facility, Protium and Petrofac will explore the feasibility of supplying green hydrogen via a pipeline as part of Protium's green hydrogen project in Teesside. The project - which would further accelerate the brand's decarbonisation efforts - demonstrates yet another sustainability commitment from Quorn and forms part of their ambitious net positive roadmap. For further information see the IDTechEx report on The Hydrogen Economy, Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Production Methods.
 
Following a string of recent updates demonstrating Protium's project velocity and expanding CAPEX pipeline, this project represents a wider strategic move from Protium who recently announced a planned hydrogen hub, in Teesside, located one mile from Belasis. Here, the team will be utilising Wilton Engineering's site to deploy up to 40MW of electrolysis, which will produce over nine tonnes of green hydrogen per day. Initially, Protium would look to displace part of Quorn's natural gas demand with green hydrogen which could save as much as 13,200 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year. This would be equivalent to removing 7,600 cars from the road.
 
 
Mark C Taylor, Chief Engineering Officer at Quorn, said: "Quorn Foods is committed to being net-positive by 2030. This means we will put more into our planet than we take out. Health, well-being, nature, society, and the way we manage our business sustainably are all part of this journey. We are also aiming for net-zero emissions within our operations by 2030. To achieve this, we are considering all options to drive down the carbon intensity of our process heat and electricity consumption. The transformational opportunity which green hydrogen potentially presents is one we are taking very seriously. Changing well-established manufacturing processes comes with real challenges, and we are excited about working with Protium and their team of partners. The approach that Protium have taken with us has been highly collaborative; engineering based; and commercially pragmatic. We look forward to completing this phase of the project and to fully understanding the green hydrogen opportunity."
 
Commenting on the announcement, Chris Jackson, CEO of Protium, said: "Quorn has proven through this project that it is committed to delivering its mission by focusing on its production process and how to drive long-term sustainability. We are thrilled to be working alongside an industry leader and food pioneer to help them implement their net zero strategy. We hope other brands in the space follow suit and support the drive to decarbonise Britain."
 
 
Jon Carpenter, Petrofac's Vice President, New Energy Services, added: "We're looking forward to collaborating with the teams at Protium and Quorn and deploying our engineering expertise to define the potential for using green hydrogen in Quorn's production processes. The project could unlock a game-changing solution for decarbonising Quorn's manufacturing process - one that could benefit the food and drink sector as a whole."
 
The project could serve as a blueprint for other manufacturing companies looking to decarbonise their manufacturing processes, not only in the vegan protein space but across the broader food and beverage manufacturing sector.
 
According to a 2021 report by the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP), the UK food and beverage industry contributes to 35% of the UK's total GHG emissions, meaning the industry plays an integral role in tackling climate change and achieving net zero1.
 
Exploring green hydrogen for energy or heat sources is an increasingly prevalent trend shaping the UK manufacturing arena, with many businesses either in the early stages of developing their net zero strategies, or others are looking to implement alternative energy sources and technologies that have been proven to drastically reduce GHG emissions.
 
This project builds on Protium's recent announcement with AB InBev and demonstrates their expertise in decarbonising the Food & Drink sector.
 
 
About Protium
Protium is a UK-based hydrogen solutions provider for project operators, developers and investors. Founded in 2019, the company provides services including project origination, design and funding to support the deployment of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.
 
About Quorn
Quorn® Foods is a global market leader in healthy, sustainable protein. Headquartered in Stokesley, North Yorkshire, the company offers a wide range of great-tasting products designed to appeal to the rapidly expanding group of people reducing the amount of meat they eat.  The company employs around 1,000 people and exports to 17 countries around the world, including Sweden, Australia, Singapore and the USA. Quorn® is one of the UK's top 40 FMCG brands. Quorn® Foods Ltd is the reporting group which includes a main trading company, Marlow Foods Ltd.  Quorn Foods Ltd encompasses all international operations of Quorn® and Cauldron.  www.quorn.co.uk External Link
 
About Petrofac
Petrofac is a leading international service provider to the energy industry, with a diverse client portfolio, including many of the world's leading energy companies. Petrofac designs, builds, manages, and maintains oil, gas, refining, petrochemicals, and renewable energy infrastructure. Our purpose is to enable our clients to meet the world's evolving energy needs. Petrofac's core markets are in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and the UK North Sea, where we have built a long and successful track record of safe, reliable, and innovative execution, underpinned by a cost-effective and local delivery model with a strong focus on in-country value. We operate in several other significant markets, including India, Southeast Asia, and the United States. We have 8,500 employees based across 31 offices globally. Petrofac is quoted on the London Stock Exchange (symbol: PFC). For additional information, please refer to the Petrofac website at www.petrofac.com External Link
 
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