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Kimberly-Clark Projects Win Places on Government’s Hydrogen Project Shortlist

Kimberly-Clark Projects Win Places on Government’s Hydrogen Project Shortlist
11 May 2023

Three green hydrogen projects that Kimberly-Clark is developing with energy industry partners have won places on the UK government’s Hydrogen Business Model Strategy shortlist. 

The three projects include a green hydrogen hub in Barrow-in-Furness and a scheme to supply Kimberly-Clark manufacturing facilities in North Wales and Kent with hydrogen.

Kimberly-Clark, the parent company of household brands including Andrex and Kleenex, expects to reduce its natural gas consumption in the UK by 61 per cent when these three projects are operational at the end of 2025, subject to a final government contract.

It’s predicted that these initiatives will also enable Kimberly-Clark to achieve a total reduction of its greenhouse gas emissions in the UK & Ireland by 86 per cent by the end of 2025 (vs 2015 baseline).


Onshore Wind Farm in South Lanarkshire, Scotland


The shortlisting of all three green hydrogen projects submitted by Kimberly-Clark’s partners coincides with the switch-on of a new purpose-built onshore wind farm expected to generate around 80 per cent of Kimberly-Clark’s UK electrical power needs.

Located in Cumberhead in South Lanarkshire, Scotland, the 12-turbine wind farm is a result of a power purchase agreement (PPA) between Kimberly-Clark and Octopus Renewables Infrastructure Trust (ORIT), a company managed by Octopus Energy Generation. It is also the first wind farm to supply Kimberly-Clark outside of North America. RES was recently awarded the full-scope asset management contract for the wind farm which will see it provide technical, commercial and financial asset management for the site.

Kimberly-Clark will take 160,000 megawatt hours from the wind farm every year, the equivalent of taking 37,000 vehicles off the road. The power will be used at Kimberly-Clark’s manufacturing facilities at Barrow-in-Furness, Flint, and Northfleet, as well as its distribution centres in Chorley and Northfleet.

Picture: a photograph of a group of people standing in front of a sign advertising the Barrow-in-Furness project. Image Credit: Kimberly-Clark

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 11 May 2023


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